Lincolnshire

Warning over unlicensed taxi drivers in East Lindsey

A Lincolnshire taxi owners association has joined forces with a district council to warn people of illegal cabs at Christmas.

Skegness Taxi Owners' Association and East Lindsey District Council said unlicensed cabs were sometimes "unroadworthy, unsafe and uninsured".

Driver Richard Odling said: "We are warning people to be on guard because we want everyone to get home safely."

Taxi drivers must display official identification badges, he said.

Council spokesman Neil Brooks said: "In the run up to Christmas there is always an increased risk of unlicensed taxis operating and we're urging people not to use them because quite often they are unroadworthy, unsafe and uninsured."

East Lindsey District Council said licensed taxis and private hire vehicles both must have identification plates on display.

Mr Brooks said: "Whilst we want everyone to enjoy the festivities, people can become more vulnerable when celebrating and we don't want anyone to be caught out or put in a situation that is potentially unsafe."

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