Freshers warned of taxi stranger danger in new campaign to combat bogus cabs

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New students to Leeds are being warned about the potential dangers of getting into bogus taxis.

A Leeds City Council campaign has been launched to coincide with freshers’ week urging the latest intake of undergraduates to stay safe on nights out.

‘Are you taxi aware?’ reminds people of the importance of using licensed taxis or pre-booked private hire cars.

Coun Mary Harland, chair of the licensing committee, said: “With the influx of students returning to the city wanting to take advantage of the great nightlife here, we want to make sure their time in Leeds is as worry-free as possible.

“We are reminding people to keep their wits about them when choosing how to get home after a night out in Leeds as getting into an unlicensed taxi or private hire vehicle is just like letting a complete stranger take you home – there are none of the normal safeguards that properly licensed drivers must adhere to.”

Posters and leaflets will be handed out during freshers’ week and displayed in pubs and clubs.

The council will also be spreading the word on social media.

“By following a few simple steps you can avoid the potentially devastating result of getting in a car with the wrong person,” Coun Harland added.

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