ROGUE taxi drivers are being targeted to stop Christmas celebrations turning to tragedy.
Authorities are concerned more people will be tempted to travel in unlicensed taxis that have not even been checked to be roadworthy, during the busy Christmas period.
The campaign, called Travel Safe Tonight, is being jointly run by Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police and Victim Support.
Clr David Sheard, chairman of the council's licensing committee, said: "In the run-up to Christmas and the new year thousands of people will be using taxis. Many of them may not be regular taxi users.
"Unlicensed taxis are illegal. They have not been examined by the council for safety or roadworthiness, may not have an MOT, and will not be insured to carry fare-paying passengers.
"In addition, drivers will not have been vetted as to their suitability to carry the travelling public."
Clr Sheard added people must make sure they are getting into a licensed cab.
"I would urge people to check they are getting into a licensed taxi. It is a time of year when more unlicensed and `bogus' taxis could be around.
"We have two types of taxis in Kirklees - the public hackney carriage that people can hail in the street, and private hire vehicles which people have to book in advance.
"The hackney carriage taxis are all white and easily identifiable through the roof `TAXI' sign.
"That is not the case with private hire, although they are easily identifiable by having the fact they are private hire cars clearly marked on their doors and rear window."