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Christmas and New Year in Sedgemoor

Sedgemoor District Council will remain open for business as usual during the holiday period on all days except bank holidays.

Rubbish and recycling collections will be two days later from Monday 25th to Friday 29th December, and one day later between Monday 1st to Friday 5th January. A Bank Holiday Collection leaflet from the Somerset Waste Partnership is available here: Icon for pdf Christmas & New Year Refuse Collections 2017/2018 [22.09KB]

Make sure you stay safe this Christmas

With the festive period nearly upon us, Sedgemoor District Council is urging its residents to stay safe this Christmas and book taxis in advance of their evening out. 24/11/17

When the party is over and you need to get home, remember these guidelines about council-licensed taxis:

  • Hackney Carriage Vehicles have a green roof sign and a green and white plate attached to the front and rear of the vehicle displaying the vehicle licence number they also have a duplicate plate displayed in the front window
  • Hackney Carriages can ply for hire from designated taxi ranks and can pick up passengers who flag them down
  • Private Hire Vehicles have a blue and white plate attached to the front and rear of the vehicle displaying the vehicle licence number. They also have a smaller duplicate plate in the front window.
  • Private Hire Vehicles can only be booked in advance through an operator they cannot be flagged down.

NEVER get in to a taxi that does not display an appropriate plate on the back of the vehicle. It may not be insured and may not be licensed. Ensure that the driver is displaying a council approved driver's badge. For your own safety, always take a council licensed vehicle - the driver and vehicle have both been checked.

Always ensure the meter is used in a hackney carriage. The meter must only be switched on once you are in the vehicle. The meter shows the maximum by law that can be charged for the journey from pick up to drop off. Operators are perfectly entitled to charge below this but cannot charge more.

Don't let a good night out be ruined by an unlicensed taxi. Always book in advance or make sure you have the number of several local taxi firms stored in your mobile phone before going out.

Before getting in a taxi ensure the driver knows the destination and always sit in the back. Make sure that you're picked up and dropped off somewhere familiar and well lit, however if you feel uneasy with the driver ask them to stop at a busy, familiar place and get out.