East Northants Council urges public to be vigilant and only use licensed taxis

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East Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents in the District after the taxi plate ‘PHV/3’ was stolen from a vehicle.

All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate, which in East Northamptonshire must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and has a unique number. There is a concern that the stolen plate could be fitted to other vehicles that may be used to commit a crime.

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “The theft has been reported to the police and the plate numbers have been decommissioned, but sadly a stolen licence plate can have an impact on the wider community and those using taxis should be extra vigilant.”

“Wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. A top tip is to always keep the number of a reliable firm with you so you don’t get caught out.”

When travelling by taxi, it is important that the following advice is followed:

• Plan how you’re going to get home from your night out – arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name and leave the taxi booking details with a friend.

• Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you.

• Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed.

• When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in.

• If travelling alone, always sit behind the driver in the back seat.

• If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out.

• Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated.

• Never accept a lift from a stranger.

If you spot the plate ‘PHV/3’ being used, please report as much detail as possible to the Police on 101.

For more information about licensing, please visit http://www.northantslicensing.gov.uk/

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