Licensed Taxi and Chauffeur Companies
Never Book a Taxi or Chauffeur Company until you have checked the company is Licensed
Amazingly, hundreds of Drivers are prosecuted each year for not being Licensed
How can you Check?
Don’t take the companies word for it, check yourself, it literally takes just a few seconds
At the bottom/Footer of a Taxi or Chauffeur Companies Website, you would hope to see the following clickable link
If the company is not registered as being Licensed, run a mile!
Booking for yourself
If either the Driver, the Vehicle, or the Company are not licensed, you will be uninsured for your journey.
Booking for an Employee
It is now the directors of a company that have to ensure the Taxi or Chauffeur Company they use are Licensed. If not, and there is a serious accident, the company organising the transport as well as the ‘Taxi or Chauffeur company’ can be fined between £5000 & £100,000 and in fatal incidents even face jail
Most importantly, the booking agent or person that organizes travel for their business colleagues, can also face jail, if they have not done their due diligence in checking the Taxi or Chauffeur Company has all the relevant up to date licenses.
All 3 Licenses below should be checked to be sure you are insured
Most Taxi & Chauffeur Companies will have an additional page on their websites with clickable links to check all of the above
Managing Occupational Road Risk
Whether companies utilise Chauffeurs, Taxis or Private Hire vehicles, they all come into scope of work-related journeys and must be managed and recorded.
The Corporate Manslaughter Act (April 2008) and the new Offences Act (January 2009) raised the focus on Managing Occupational Road Risk for employees travelling on company business (Duty of Care)
MANAGING ROAD RISK POLICY STATEMENT
At the very least, the Following documents should be requested from the company providing your transport
1) Council Licence to Operate (Mandatory)
2) Operating Conditions (Mandatory)
3) Health & Safety – Employees travelling on company business (Guidelines)