Arrive at the prom in style and safety, council urges

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Arrive at the prom in style and safety, council urges

Parents looking for stylish ways for their children to arrive at the school prom are being urged to check vehicles are properly licensed.

Next month hundreds of teenagers will be donning their gladrags to celebrate the end of their studies and are looking for ways to make an entrance.

Rother District Council is calling on parents to ensure their children's journey is as safe as possible, whether they choose to hire a stretch limo, fire engine or tank.

"The last thing parents want to worry about on their child's prom night is whether their driver is approved and the car is roadworthy," said Richard Parker-Harding, Head of Environmental Health, a shared service for Wealden and Rother district councils.

"We know people want to arrive at their event in style, but it's really important to make sure everything has been properly checked.

"We are encouraging people to confirm that the vehicle, driver and operator are correctly licensed when they book a prom night limo, and if they are in any doubt they should contact the Licensing Team on 01424 787550."

The vehicle licensing rules vary depending on the vehicle.  Safety can be put at risk if drivers, vehicles and operators are not properly licensed and accident insurance may not include injuries to passengers.

Local councils license the driver, the vehicle and the operator of small limousines and other vehicles for up to eight passengers, while larger vehicles that seat nine or more passengers must have a public service vehicle (PSV) operator licence issued by the Traffic Commissioner.

Rother District Council officers are contacting schools in a bid to remind parents to carry out the necessary checks and are inviting parents to contact them if they have any questions or concerns.

The licensing team can be contacted on 01424 787550 or by email licensing@rother.gov.uk

The vehicle licences issued by Rother District Council are for vehicles up to eight passengers.  They ensure that the drivers are licensed and have undergone an enhanced criminal record check and medicals.  Licensed vehicles are also required to be tested for safety and road worthiness every six months.  Every booking must go through a licensed operator.

Vehicles that can carry nine or more passengers (Public Service Vehicles) are subject to regular safety inspections and a maintenance programme to ensure that they are roadworthy.  Larger limousines must have a Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF), a Vehicle Type Approval certificate, or a Certificate of Conformity issued under the Road Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2009, to show that it was built or adapted to PSV standards.  Please telephone the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 0300 123 9000 or email enquiries@vosa.gov.uk to check the operator's PSV Licence status.

Vehicles that are made available from bona-fide friends or relatives, and are not subject to a hire or reward payment, may be lawfully used as they fall outside the licensing regime.

 

Published Monday, April 20, 2015

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