A joint crackdown is being launched in the run up to Christmas against illegal taxi drivers in north west Wales.
Anglesey and Gwynedd councils say the increased demand for cabs during the festive season means a greater risk of unlicensed and uninsured drivers taking advantage of revellers.
Drivers caught offering lifts via social media or on the spot without the necessary licence or insurance could face prosecution.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd’s member for the environment, said: ”Public safety is paramount, especially for people who are getting a taxi by themselves.”
”There is a reliable and efficient licensed taxi and private hire industry in Gwynedd, and these licensed drivers are committed to making sure that people can get home safely after a night out. They have secured the necessary licence and insurance they need to operate and work closely with the Council in order to deliver a trustworthy service.”
As part of the ‘Cowboy Cabs’ campaign, the two councils have advised customers:
- Only hackney taxis are licensed to collect passengers from the roadside
- Private hire vehicle must be booked in advance – they cannot collect someone who has flagged them down.
- All licensed vehicles have unique license numbers on the front, rear and interior and every licensed driver has a unique I.D. badge.
- All hackney taxis have a meter, calculating the fare by time and distance.
- There is no guarantee that illegal drivers and vehicles are safe.
- Customers are asked to ensure they have the necessary money to get home.
For more information, contact the licensing teams at Anglesey and Gwynedd county councils:
- Anglesey – 01248 752 840, email@example.com
- Gwynedd – 01766 771 000, firstname.lastname@example.org