Cab Users Issued With Warning After Taxi Plate Stolen In Rushden
North Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents after the taxi plate ‘HCV/5’ was stolen from a vehicle in Rushden.
All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate, always on the rear of the vehicle, and sometimes on the front and rear of the vehicle. This plate will show a unique number. There is a concern that the stolen plate could be fitted to another vehicle that may be used to commit a crime.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “This theft has been reported to the police and the plate number has been decommissioned, but sadly a stolen licence plate can have an impact on the wider community and those using taxis should be extra vigilant.”
Cllr Steven North, Executive Member for Growth & Regeneration, added: “When using taxis, wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. It is always useful to keep the number of a reliable firm with you, so you don’t get caught out.”
When Travelling by Taxi, The Council Has Issued the Following Advice:
- Plan how you’re going to get home – pre-book a taxi near me in your name and leave the taxi booking details with a friend or relative, or use a licensed hackney carriage waiting at an official taxi rank.
- Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you or identify the location of official taxi ranks.
- Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed.
- When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in.
- A taxi driver must always wear a badge showing their photograph. Check the driver is wearing his/her badge.
- If travelling alone, always sit behind the driver in the back seat.
- If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out.
- Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated.
- Never accept a lift from a stranger.
- Follow current coronavirus guidance around travelling in taxis.
If you spot the plate ‘HCV/5’ being used, the council are asking that you report as much detail as possible to the Police on 101.