A few days ago I read an article on our local papers website about an unlicensed Taxi driver that has been taken to a Gwynedd court for running an illegal taxi service. The vehicle used was unlicensed and didn't have the proper insurance.
The driver had to pay almost £400's in cost's but that doesn't escape the fact his passenger's were clueless and he should not have been doing what he was doing.
Click the link for the full story - Http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113964&headline=Unlicensed%20taxi%20driver%20collected%20pupil%20from%20school§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017
What to look for?
From the outside of the vehicle there's 3 tell tale signs 1) All licensed Hackney carriages in Ceredigion have blue half moon stickers on the side stating the car is a licensed taxi. 2) On the rear of the taxi we must display our Vehicle identification plate. 3) All Taxi's must be fitted with a white roof light.
Once your in the Taxi we have two more obvious things to look for. 1) The licensed hackney carriage number must be facing inwards. This also shows the maximum number of passengers allowed in the vehicle. 2) The Taxi MUST also be fitted with a meter.
That's not all
Your driver should also be wearing a valid badge authorising him to do be behind the wheel, By displaying this badge you know the driver is a fit and proper person that has passed his medical & police checks before being allowed on the road.
My Taxi badge which is valid until 4/12/2019
All hackney carriages in Ceredigion must be white and are available on a private hire basis, However in some smaller parts of the county some private hire only vehicles do exist. The half moon's are actually yellow and the vehicle can be any colour.
I hope you have found my guide informative, Please note that some council's may have different guidelines however this exactly how the county of Ceredigion expect licensed Taxi's to operate.