Published On: Fri, Sep 12th, 2014 on 3:58 pm

Taxi safety campaign launched in Leeds ahead of Freshers’ Week

Are You Taxi Aware Leeds

An illustration on one of the posters

A campaign has been launched to remind Leeds revellers of a few simple checks to make sure they get home safely at night.

The ‘Are You Taxi Aware’ campaign, launched by Leeds City Council, reminds people of making sure they get into a properly licenced taxi or pre-booked private hire vehicle to avoid risks.

Posters and leaflets have been produced to make people more aware of the difference between hackney carriages (taxis) and private hire vehicles.

These posters and leaflets will be distributed en masse during Freshers’ Week, as well as being on display in pubs and clubs across the city.

Information and advice will remind people how taxi drivers must have an ID badge on display, that vehicles must have a Leeds City Council licence plate on the back, and cars cruising the street looking for customers are illegal and will be uninsured to take paying passengers.

Students are also reminded to be careful and not give any personal details to the driver.

Cllr Mary Harland, chair of the licensing committee, said: “With the influx of students returning to the city wanting to take advantage of the great nightlife here, we want to make sure their time in Leeds is as worry-free as possible.

“We are reminding people to keep their wits about them when choosing how to get home after a night out in Leeds as getting into an unlicensed taxi or private hire vehicle, is just like letting a complete stranger take you home.”

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