Barnsley revellers warned about getting home safely

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People on nights out in Barnsley are being warned of the dangers of using unlicensed taxis or private hire vehicles when they head home.

Barnsley Council has warned that unlicensed vehicles are not insured to carry paying passengers and may not be roadworthy.

All licensed vehicles are regularly inspected throughout the year by qualified vehicle examiners for Barnsley Council and drivers undergo checks including whether they have a criminal record.

Drivers must be produce a licence ID card issued by Barnsley Council which contains their photograph, a licence number and an expiry date.

Coun Charles Wraith, chairman of the General Licensing Board, said: “Please avoid using unlicensed vehicles which can put your safety at risk. Unlicensed vehicles will not be insured and I dread to think of the consequences should one of these vehicles be involved in a serious road traffic accident.

“Licensed taxis can be hailed in the street or approached at ranks and do not always need to be booked in advance. There are numerous taxi ranks around the town centre.

“Private hire vehicles must always be booked in advance.”