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Get home safely this party season

With the Christmas and New Year party season upon us, people are being reminded to check if their taxi or private hire vehicle and driver are licensed.

At a time of year when there can be an increase in unauthorised vehicles and drivers, Horsham District Council is encouraging residents and visitors alike to be alert.

The council is responsible for the licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles in the district.

Those taking a taxi or private hire vehicle should look out for the vehicle licence plate on the rear of the vehicle and for the driver’s identification badge.

Together these are an assurance that the car and driver are properly licensed to carry the public.

Andy Skipper, Licensing Officer at Horsham District Council, said: “All vehicles operating in the Horsham district are inspected regularly and thoroughly to ensure that they are clean, mechanically sound, insured and, above all, safe for the travelling public.

“Every driver has passed an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and local area knowledge test. They also regularly undergo medical examinations to ensure that they are physically fit to drive.”

Further information about hackney carriage and private hire licensing can be obtained from the council’s website.

Please send an email to licensing@horsham.gov.uk or call Horsham District Council on 01403 215471/215488.

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