Renfrewshire council and Police Scotland are giving party goers safety advice for their Christmas nights out.
As the festive season approaches the council has teamed up with Renfrewshire Police to give tips on how to have a safe and fun Christmas night, especially when using taxis and private hire vehicles.
Anyone who is planning to celebrate the festivities are encouraged to have a plan on how to get home from their night out in advance and to pre-book their taxi.
Party goers are also encouraged to use licensed taxis or private hire vehicles and not to accept any lift from passing cars.
Councillor John MacNaughtan said:
“We have a lot of fantastic venues for an evening out in Renfrewshire and we want to ensure that everyone has a great time, but remains safe while doing so.
“All licensed taxi companies or private hire vehicles will have Renfrewshire Council plates which display the licence details, and the driver’s badge should be displayed within the vehicle.
“If this is not the case, then don’t accept the lift and call your taxi company to confirm that it is the correct vehicle.”
Police Scotland have arranged additional patrols throughout the festive season in Renfrewshire to ensure everyone is safe during one of the busiest times of the year.
Chief Inspector Simon Wright said:
“My message would be to have a fantastic, but safe time while out across Renfrewshire. Always plan ahead and make arrangements to ensure you can get home, preferably in the company of friends.
“Never get into a private hire, you have not phoned for and booked in advance and always ensure that the driver is displaying their drivers badge.”
Police Scotland are urging anyone who feels unsafe in a vehicle that they believed to be a taxi or a private hire to contact 101, or 999 in case of emergency.