Use but don't abuse Welwyn Hatfield's taxis, authorities urge

PUBLISHED: 13:37 11 December 2017

Taxi driver Kevin Nash, police officer Richard Tomlinson and Cllr Roger Trigg. Picture credit: WHC

Taxi driver Kevin Nash, police officer Richard Tomlinson and Cllr Roger Trigg. Picture credit: WHC

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Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Welwyn Hatfield Council have urged residents to ensure they use licensed taxis during the festive period.

Taxi vehicles and drivers have to meet certain standards and are controlled by stringent legislation. Only Welwyn Hatfield-licensed cabs can use ranks or be flagged down in the borough.

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for community safety, said: “Travelling by taxi is generally a very safe option, but it’s important to check that that the vehicle is licensed.

“We are committed to ensuring that all licensed vehicles operating in Welwyn Hatfield are of the highest standard.”

The authorities also urged residents to be respectful of their drivers when travelling by taxi, ensuring that they pay for their fare, do not damage the vehicle and are not abusive.

Welwyn Hatfield’s Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector, Sophia Adams, said: “Unfortunately, taxi drivers can occasionally experience verbal or physical abuse and sometimes damage to their taxis.

“This will not be tolerated and anyone found responsible could face a fine or criminal proceedings.”

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