An innovative new scheme means that members of the public in Gwynedd and Anglesey are able to gain quick and easy access to local licensed taxi firms.
When you’re enjoying a night out, getting a hold of the number of a licensed taxi company is probably one of the last thing on your mind, but the Cab Safe scheme which has been launched by Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council means that you can receive the relevant numbers by simply sending a text message.
You can look for a taxi by sending a text message with the word “CAB” to 83222. They will then receive a text back with the numbers for three of the nearest licensed taxi companies.
Posters, cards and beer mats are being distributed throughout Gwynedd and Anglesey to spread the word and encourage the use of licensed vehicles.
Councillor John R Jones, who leads on licensing matters for Gwynedd Council said:
“This is a new scheme which makes the best use of modern technology to ensure that residents can gain easy and quick access to the numbers of recognised local taxi firms.
“Our aim is to encourage members of the public to avoid bogus taxi drivers and make sure that they use licensed taxi companies. So remember to make use of the Cab Safe scheme if you’re looking for a number for a taxi.”
Councillor Bob Parry of the Isle of Anglesey County Council noted: “We are pleased to be able to collaborate with Gwynedd Council on this initiative. It’s a way of ensuring the safety of the public after enjoying a night out as well as reducing the risk of people drinking and driving. I very much hope that people make use of this new service.”
If you have any concerns about illegitimate taxis operating in Gwynedd, contact Gwynedd Council’s Licensing Enforcement team on 01286 679923, Trading Standards at the Isle of Anglesey County Council on 01248 752857 or contact the police on 0845 607 1001/1002.
Remember, when taking a taxi ride home:
Only Hackney carriage cabs can be hailed in the street. These cars should carry a blue plate on the front and back.
Private hire cabs should be booked beforehand and display a yellow plate on the front and back.
There is a half moon shaped symbol on the car doors.
All licensed drivers should have the Council driver’s identity badge.
Check these details before getting into a taxi. An unlicensed car and driver have not vetted by the Council and may not be insured.
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