PARTY-goers in Pendle are being urged not to risk their safety by using unlicensed taxis.

Pendle Council is warning people that using vehicles that have not got a licence means there are no assurances of their safety, or the cab’s roadworthiness.

All licensed vehicles are inspected for safety throughout the year by qualified assessors, and all licensed drivers undergo medical and a criminal record checks.

Licensed drivers have an identity badge with Pendle Council’s logo, the driver’s photograph, and number.

All Pendle’s licensed taxis are a red colour, or a purpose-built black cab. They also have a taxi roof sign, and display green plates on the front, and rear, of the vehicle.

A council spokesman said: “Do not get into any vehicle that is parked on the street, other than a taxi parked on a taxi rank, or parked outside a pub. You must have pre-booked these vehicles, or there is a chance you will not be insured, and the driver and vehicles may not be licensed.”