‘Carry out checks when hiring prom vehicle’, says Wealden council

School prom season is about to begin and parents and students are being warned of the dangers of hiring unlicensed vehicles.wealden-district-council-un

Wealden District Council is contacting schools asking them to remind parents and guardians to check that all vehicles being hired – which may include stretch limousines, fire engines and even tanks – are properly licensed before booking for a school prom.

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

Here’s how the licensing rules operate

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

Richard Parker-Harding, Head of Environmental Health, a shared service for Wealden and Rother, said: ”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.

“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.”

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