Illegal Taxis in York

By Scott Dawson

The City of York Council has recently received a number of allegations relating to suspected illegal taxis operating in the city centre.  They have been seen on University of York and York St John University student nights within the city centre.  Reports suggest that the drivers claim to work for a York private hire operator which has contracts with both Universities, and that they are targeting young women. 

Vehicles and drivers licensed by the City of York Council must display the following:

Private hire vehicles:

- Side plates on the rear doors stating ‘private hire vehicle pre booked only’, the company name and telephone number and/or website address.

- Maroon licence plates on the front and rear of the vehicle, which state City of York Private Hirel, the licence number, number of persons the vehicle is licensed to carry and the vehicle registration number.

- A small plate giving the details above must also be displayed within the vehicle.
 
Hackney carriage vehicles:

- A ‘Taxi’ roof light.

- The York crest of the front doors.

- Yellow licence plate on the rear of the vehicle which states, City of York Hackney Carriage, the licence number, number of persons the vehicle is licensed to carry and the vehicle registration number.

- A small plate giving the details above must also be displayed within the vehicle.

- A meter will be fitted within the vehicle.
 
- Private hire and hackney carriage drivers.

- Photo ID badge issued by the Council, which has their licence number, name and expiry date.

 

Please be safe, if you believe an unlicensed vehicle is operating please don’t get in.  Unlicensed vehicles are not insured to carry passenger, they may not be roadworthy and drivers have not passed a ‘fit and proper’ person test. 

Use reputable taxi firms which display recognised company logos, or better still, book taxis via recognised booking services.
Remember that you can also  download SafeZone, an app that allows for York security services and the police to be called quickly.

Please report any incidents to the Council and/or Police, try to get as many details as possible about the vehicle (registration number, make, model, colour) and driver (sex, age, hair/eye colour, ethnicity, build), along with the location and time.  If you are not comfortable about contacting the authorities please report it to our team here at YUSU via asc@yusu.org  and we will do it for you.