Taxi safety tool for city people

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SHEFFIELD travellers can find out whether their taxi is genuine – and how much their journey will cost – before setting foot in the vehicle.

The city is one of the first places to feature in a new free scheme called YourTaximeter.

As a website and free iPhone application, it lets people look up car registrations, using information sourced from local councils, to see whether the taxi is licensed or not.

Information is updated if a driver is struck off or if their licence expires.

The ‘app’ also shows taxi numbers and gives accurate fare estimates, taking into account the date, time and number of passengers.

It has been developed by gap year student Tom MacMichael as a safety tool.

n Visit www.yourtaximeter.com for more information.