Cheltenham taxis and private hire vehicles to have QR Codes to ensure passengers know they are in a licensed cab
QR Code technology is being introduced from Monday for all licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in Cheltenham.
The borough council scheme which helps promote public safety will see a new style ‘no smoking’ stickers that will also have a printed QR Code.
The QR Code is linked to the individual vehicle’s public access record and when scanned with any smart phone using free scanning software, will instantly indicate whether the vehicle in question is currently licensed and give other important information such as the name of the proprietor and the licence plate number.
Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “This scheme is being rolled out as part of the approved changes to our taxi and private hire licensing policy.
“QR Code technology is free technology so there is no additional cost requirement on licence holders. They are already required to display no smoking stickers on their licensed vehicles and this is a better use of that requirement.
“Most people have smart phones these days and through the use of this technology people are able to ensure that the vehicle they are travelling in is properly licensed. It will also help them find and retain important information about the vehicle if they have left any items behind or have a complaint to make.”
QR technology is already being used with great success on other licences issued by the council such as scrap metal dealers and street traders.