Hiring a vehicle and driver that hasn’t been properly vetted and licensed could put children at risk. Before booking a vehicle you should ask if the operator holds the appropriate licences.
If the limousine or speciality vehicle has 8 seats or less parents should contact their local authority licensing service to check if the company is licensed as a private hire operator with private hire vehicle and private hire driver licences, the only exemptions to this are vehicles used for weddings and funerals only, not proms.
Operators of limousines or speciality vehicles with 9 or more seats must hold a public service vehicle operators’ licence with the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The DVSA is urging parents to carry out a simple online check.
Unlicensed operators are not insured to carry passengers, may not undergo regular vehicle or driver safety checks and could be operating vehicles with defects that are potentially dangerous.
On the night of the booking, the driver should be able to show their licence plate and driver identification badge or DVSA documentation if more than eight seats. Operating private hire vehicles without a licence is a criminal offence, with rogue operators facing a maximum fine of £1,000. If an operator does not hold a licence this can be reported to:
Contact Stockton Borough Council Licensing Service
Telephone: 01642 524802 or email: [email protected]
Contact the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency
Telephone: 0300 123 9000 or email: [email protected]