Warning over ‘fake’ taxi operators in Exmouth: ‘You are putting your life in your hands’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 April 2018

No caption

No caption


Residents in Exmouth who use ‘fake’ taxis from unlicensed operators found on social media have been told ‘you are taking your life in your hands’ by concerned town councillors.

Fears were raised about the increase in such drivers when the authority met for its April meeting.

Members were told that some people had taken advantage of pop-up internet taxi firms without knowing whether they are licensed with East Devon District Council (EDDC).

Councillor Pauline Stott called for EDDC to carry out ‘spot-checks’ in Exmouth.

She said: “I know it has come up on social media and at various holiday times that people have been offering lifts and someone actually put the prices.

“Perhaps we should ask East Devon whether they could do another spot-check.”

Cllr Brian Bailly warned that getting into a taxi without knowing whether it is licensed is ‘foolish’, adding: “The way to check is to look at the back of the vehicle - if it has a blue plate with East Devon District Council on it, then it’s a licensed vehicle.

“If you’re in an unlicensed vehicle, there is no insurance on that vehicle - so you are literally putting your life in your hands and I would deter anyone from doing it.”

Cllr Maddie Chapman said: “If you are going to get someone on social media to pick you up because he’s a taxi driver then you are putting your own safety at risk – this is why we have licensed taxi drivers.”

Cllr Chapman also said it is up to licensed taxi drivers in Exmouth to report those they believe are providing the ‘fake’ taxi services.

She added: “If a taxi driver knows someone has done this, they need to be reported and also report them to the police.”

Cllr Tim Dumper said he would be raising the problem with EDDC.

Cllr Steve Gazzard requested for a letter be written from the town council to EDDC’s licensing team to make it aware of the issue and the concerns raised.

Other News Stories

51 minutes ago

A charity champion from Exmouth who is on a crusade to sign up as many as possible on the organ donor register has hailed recent awareness events a success.

Read more

Weather warnings have been issued for high winds tonight (Thursday, September 20) as Storm Bronagh blows in.

Read more

It is hoped a new drinking fountain on Budleigh Salterton’s seafront can help to rid the town of nuisance single-use plastics.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:25

The criteria for the new Exmouth Community Fund has now been finalised and the town council is inviting applications.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:41

Exmouth kitchen fire due to ‘electrical fault’

Read more
Yesterday, 10:43

The Exmouth Community Larder has received a sizeable donation from the town’s Tesco store

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41

This year’s event has been cancelled and a lack of volunteers has sparked concerns for next year.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:45

Can you spot your house from these aerial photos of Exmouth captured in 1993?

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

The headteacher at Exmouth Community College has defended the school’s policy on uniform after a parent claimed his daughter was sent home due to an ‘unsuitable’ skirt.

Read more
Tue, 18:00

An Exmouth man whose dramatic weight loss added decades to his life-expectancy is using his story to support Public Health England’s campaign to improve heart health across the South West.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather



max temp: 18°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications