A WARNING has been issued after reports of unlicensed taxi drivers operating in the area.
Police in Dumfries and Galloway are reminding the public to use licensed cabs.
Officers say the use of an illegal taxi has safety issues, including drivers not having been vetted, potentially invalid insurance, as well as having an impact on those operating as a legitimate business.
Sergeant Amy Ritchie said: “People should consider their journeys carefully. Using licensed taxi companies, employing drivers who are vetted to ensure they are fit and proper to convey the public, can help keep you safe. A licensed taxi will have the vehicle make and model, registration and license number clearly displayed.
“The legitimate taxi trade go through rigorous checks to ensure that their vehicles are safe and suitable to transport members of the public, while unlicensed drivers have not undergone these checks.
“While offers from such drivers might be appealing from a financial point of view, you may be compromising your safety and putting yourself at significant risk.”
And she urged anyone with information on illegal taxis to report it to Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Individuals found to be operating as a taxi without a licence could receive a fine of up to £2500.