Police Scotland is issuing a warning to the public about the dangers of getting into vehicles seeming to be taxis when they are not actually properly licensed as such.
From time to time reports are received from the public relating to cars and minibuses which operate as a taxi when not legally licensed to do so. Often these reports come to the ears of the police after a taxi journey which did not live up to expectations, or perhaps was not appropriately priced.
Inspector David Blacklock said: “The licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles is there to ensure that both the vehicle and driver are each of an acceptable standard to safeguard the safety of customers. All vehicles are plated by the council. This plate displays the Dumfries and Galloway Council logo, licence number, expiry date, vehicle registration number and specifies the model of the car.
“Only drivers licensed by the council may drive a taxi or private hire vehicle. All licensed drivers are issued with a licence and identity card. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about unlicensed taxis or private hire vehicles operating in the region and can be contacted through telephoning 101.”
Lorna Meahan, Assistant Chief Executive at Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council will investigate genuine complaints against the holders of Taxi and Private Hire vehicles licences relating to the condition of the vehicle and against drivers for unacceptable driving or conduct.”