The council licences all ice cream vans that trade legally in the city. The licensing ensures that the vehicles are roadworthy, are fully insured and hold a valid MOT In addition, licensed vehicles undergo regular food hygiene checks and licensed ice cream traders are all DBS vetted and checked to ensure they have a valid driving licence.
Once licensed, an ice cream van is issued with an orange plate that is fixed to the rear of the vehicle – similar to those used on taxis. The orange plate contains the council logo, the plate number and the vehicle registration of the van.
Cllr Steve Allen, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, culture and communities, said: “Residents are urged not to purchase ice creams from any van that does not display a valid orange plate and are encouraged to report such vehicles to the council by providing the name on the van and the vehicle registration to our Licensing Team.” The Licensing Team can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by calling 01733 453491.