A CAMPAIGN to highlight the dangers of bogus taxi drivers was launched today.
Festive revellers are being warned to be careful when taking a journey.
Clr David Sheard, chairman of Kirklees Council's licensing committee, said: "It is important that people using taxis make sure that they are properly licensed.
"This is the time of year when there may well be more unlicensed `taxis' on the roads.
"It is important for their own safety that people double check the vehicle they are getting into, particularly if they are not regular users of taxis."
The campaign says the safest way home is to take a traditional-style white cab or book a private hire vehicle.
Travellers are also urged to check the cab's licence number to ensure it is legitimate.
Clr Sheard said: "Unlicensed taxis are illegal. They have not been examined by the council for safety or roadworthiness.
"Some will not have an MOT and they are not insured to carry fare-paying passengers.
"In addition, drivers will not have been vetted as to their suitability to be providing a service to the travelling public."