Passengers wanting to use a private hire vehicle in South Holland will now have another visible way of checking that it is properly licensed.

ON SHOW: South Holland District Council assistant licensing officer Lesley Ayers with Paul Baker ' proprietor of Spalding firm Paul's Private Hire ' and two of his vehicles sporting the new door stickers.
ON SHOW: South Holland District Council assistant licensing officer Lesley Ayers with Paul Baker ' proprietor of Spalding firm Paul's Private Hire ' and two of his vehicles sporting the new door stickers.
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New stickers to improve safety

South Holland District Council is distributing door stickers to all private hire vehicle operators which it licenses.

The stickers, which include the council logo and the licence number of the vehicle, also carry a reminder that private hire vehicles must be pre-booked – they cannot be hailed from the street, so their drivers cannot legally ply for trade.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, district council portfolio holder for licensing, said: “We are fortunate in South Holland that our private hire car services are of good standing. “However, there have been complaints that some individuals stating that they are offering a taxi service may not be licensed.

“South Holland District Council takes the safety of private hire vehicle passengers very seriously and this is another way in which we are striving to ensure the best possible practice in our district.

“The highly visible door sticker protects both the passengers and the licensed taxi operators.”

It will become a condition of the annual test carried out by the district council that all private hire vehicles must have the stickers displayed.

Licensed vehicles currently have a rear plate and a round identity sticker on the front windscreen above the tax disc.