Limo Operator Concern.

Parents have been advised to proceed with caution when hiring a limousine operator for their children’s school prom nights.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) warned that unlicensed drivers are working around the UK, many of whom may be operating unsafe vehicles.

VOSA Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: “The limousine and novelty vehicle industry has seen rapid growth in recent years and I want to see these legitimate businesses continue to thrive.

“However, those operating vehicles outside of the law put the safety of their passengers and other road users at risk, and create unfair competition for legitimately-run businesses.

“This is something that will not be tolerated and VOSA will make full use of their powers to stop the small minority of cowboy operators who threaten to bring the industry into disrepute.”

The hiring of limousines and other novelty vehicles has become an increasingly popular part of school and college proms and leaving celebrations. It is estimated that there are more than 15,000 limousines operating in the UK.

To check if a company holds a passenger service vehicle licence, visit VOSA’s website or call the helpline on 0300 123 9000. Or contact your local council to check if a company holds a private hire licence.

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