With the festive party season looming revellers are being warned to take care when booking a stretch limo for a special outing. It comes after new regulations came into force on October 1st which state that no stretch limo can carry over 8 passengers unless it has been issued with a specific licence.
Safety officials fear that many people could unwittingly fall prey to unlicensed limousines which could potentially put their safety in jeopardy. The warning was issued by Southend Crime and Disorder Partnership. A councillor for public protection in Southend, Ian Robertson said: “People tend to start booking now for forthcoming festive events and proms, so it is crucial they check that the vehicles they want to use will be licensed ones.
A recent police investigation found that some limo drivers were not sticking to the rules. It often follows that if a limo isn’t properly licensed then the driver is unlikely to have the correct insurance, plus the vehicle may not have undergone regular mechanical checks and therefore could be unsafe for use on the roads.
For those looking to hire a limo in the coming months for a school prom, birthday bash, or office Christmas party, officials are advising that you check beforehand that the company you intend to book with has a Private Hire Vehicle Licence.