Parents and carers across the city are being urged to carry out important checks before hiring vehicles for Prom night.

City of Wolverhampton Council’s licensing team is working with schools and other councils across the region to alert families to potential risks.

Officers warn that not all companies that advertise the services of stretched limousines and other luxury or performance vehicles are licensed.

The following advice is being issued so people can be sure that the vehicle being booked is safe and legal. The type of checks needed depend on how many passenger seats the vehicle has.

Advice includes:

  • Companies hiring out a vehicle and driver with fewer than 9 seats may require a private hire vehicle operators licence from City of Wolverhampton Council. Ask the company if they are licensed and which local authority licenses them, then contact that authority to confirm.
  • Parents/carers can also check to see if they are licensed online at Taxi licences  by clicking ‘Online Licence Registers’ and then selecting ‘Operators’.
  • Companies hiring out a limousine with a driver with 9 passenger seats or more must have a public service vehicle (PSV) operator licence, issued by a Traffic Commissioner. You can check online at Find lorry or bus operators.
  • If the company doesn’t have a licence, it could be operating illegally. You can report this at Taxi Complaints – Report a taxi driver or by calling 01902 55 TAXI (01902 558294.)

Councillor Craig Collingswood, cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: “Prom nights are lovely occasions for our young people to get together and celebrate what they have achieved.

“But we are aware that there may be unscrupulous companies looking to take advantage at this time of year. Hiring a vehicle and driver that hasn’t been properly vetted and licensed could put your child and their friends at risk. 

“The driver may not have had a criminal record check or the vehicle may not be roadworthy. In addition, unlicensed vehicles and drivers won’t be insured. 

“Please consider making checks on the company you are thinking of hiring from to make sure everyone has fun and stays safe on Prom night.”