Ensure prom vehicles safe and licensed

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PARENTS of prom-bound youngsters looking to book a limo to take them to the end-of-school party are being warned to put safety first.

South Holland District Council’s Licensing Team is warning people booking transport to ensure the vehicle, driver and operator are properly licensed.

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 private hire vehicles, which includes limousines and hummers, their drivers and booking agents are all legally required to have a licence issued by the appropriate district council.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, district council portfolio holder for Regulatory Services, said: “When you’re booking transport check that the booking operator has a licence number. You can then confirm this number with the South Holland Council Licensing Team.

“On the night, the driver will also be able to show you their licence, licence plate and driver’s badge. These simple checks may go a long way to your children’s safety and supporting high standards of operators in the district.”

Driving vehicles without a licence is an offence and carries a maximum fine of £1,000. The district council will investigate anyone who is found to be illegally driving or taking bookings for an unlicensed vehicle.