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'Taxi-like services' concerns Dunedin cops

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">People offering 'taxi-like services' and offering to provide sober rides home on social media has police concerned in Dunedin.</span> © SNPA People offering 'taxi-like services' and offering to provide sober rides home on social media has police concerned in Dunedin. Police are concerned about the rise of 'taxi-like services' in Dunedin.

There have been reports some people with criminal convictions have tried to entice passengers from a taxi queue into their car.

This, along with people offering to provide sober rides home on social media, is causing concern for peoples' safety.

Some of these 'sober drivers' have also approached people waiting for a taxi ride home.

Police encourage passengers to only travel with those you know and trust.

"Of course we encourage the use of a designated sober driver but accepting rides from strangers could be dangerous. Not only that, but picking up passengers for hire is illegal without the correct passenger endorsement," Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said.

"If you stick to using registered taxi companies, then you know the driver has been checked out by Police, their vehicles are safe and there are other security safeguards in place such as CCTV cameras."

Mr Larking recommends organising your ride home before heading out for a night, or to walk home with a group of friends if the wait time for a taxi is too long.

"This is particularly important after a night of drinking, which can make you more vulnerable."

A person found operating an unlicensed passenger transport service could face a $10,000 fine.

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