Check prom limos are licensed warn councils
Check your school prom is properly licensed, that’s the warning being issued to school head teachers and parents ahead of the upcoming prom season.
Last year spot checks on limousines and chauffeurs were carried out up and down the country, with a number of unlicensed operators being uncovered. As well as uncovering unlicensed drivers and limos, the on the spot checks also found that some companies were providing onboard alcohol to under 18’s.
Since October 2009, all limos carrying over 8 passengers must carry a special Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF) licence. So if you’re planning to hire a large hummer vehicle or party buss for example, you’d be well advised to check with your limo hire company to clarify whether or not your prom vehicle carries a COIF licence.
As well as special licenses for limos carrying over 8 passengers, in 2006 it became a legal requirement for all limos used for public hire to carry a licence.
Local councils also issue licences for limo chauffeurs to ensure all drivers have the correct licence to driver a limousine and that they are physically fit. In addition to this, the council will also screen all drivers using the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous convictions.
The advice being given to anyone planning to hire a limo for the prom season is to book with a reputable company, and to ask for proof that both the limo and the chauffeur are properly licensed.