Surrey Heath Borough Council - Driving improvements and helping you stay safe this festive period 


Friday, 11 November, 2022

As the Christmas celebrations get underway we want you to enjoy a fun and safe night out.  

Councillor Colin Dougan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health said;  

 “This time of year is lots of fun as we enjoy festive celebrations with our colleagues, family and friends, but going out can come with some risk so please be aware of drink spiking and do not leave your drink unattended, don’t be tempted to drink and drive and if you decide to take a cab home SHBC’s Licensing Team have these top tips on taxis to keep you safe. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.”  

SHBC’s top tips on safe Taxi journeys 

If possible, plan your journey and pre-book your ride  

Before getting into a vehicle - 

- Look for a licence this should be displayed on the vehicle at the rear and on the windscreen 

- Does the vehicle look roadworthy?   

- Does the driver have your details if you have booked in advance?  

- Ask the driver to show you their badge before you start your journey  

- Share information about your journey and the vehicle you’re using with someone you trust  

- Sit in the back of the vehicle and keep your mobile phone where it is easily accessible  

- Trust your instincts – if you feel worried or threatened ask the driver to stop in a busy area so you can get out  

- Report any concerns about taxis or private hire vehicles to the Police and your local licensing authority 

Don’t use a cab if:-  

-The driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol  

- The driver does not seem to know the local area  

- The vehicle is damaged or unroadworthy  

- Don’t accept rides from random strangers who approach you  

- You are uneasy for any reason  

Types of legal licensed taxis: 

Licensed Hackney Carriages:   

• Can be a London style cab, a saloon car, an estate or MPV and must have a meter and a yellow local authority plate on the rear 

• They must display a taxi sign on the roof  

• Can stand on taxi ranks, be booked by telephone or flagged down in the street  

Licensed Private Hire Vehicles:  

• Can be a saloon car, an estate or MPV and display a white local authority plate on the rear   

• Must be booked in advance 

SHBC Driving Improvement across the borough  

SHBC’s 'Driving Improvement' campaign focuses on improving key aspects of life in Surrey Heath. The Council is engaging with local people and working with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping across the Borough, and working to protect and enhance the environment, making Surrey Heath an even better place to live.