Two city councils in Cambridgeshire have warned residents about the risk of unlicensed ice cream vans operating this summer.
We often take it for granted that shops, restaurants and pubs are sticking to food hygiene and other regulations including being DBS checked, which means those who run the vans are not a danger to children and others.
It’s for this reason that both Peterborough and Cambridge city councils have warned residents about unlicensed ice cream vans which have reportedly been operating in both cities over the last few months.
Unregulated vans have not had food hygiene and other health safety inspections, and they may also be dangerous vehicles that are uninsured and lacking MOTs.
It means they could pose a risk to those who purchase food and drinks from them, although so far no such incidents have been reported locally.
A licensed ice cream van can be spotted by its orange plate fixed to the back of the vehicle, similar to those you find on taxis.
The orange plate should contain the council logo, the plate number and the vehicle registration number of the van.
Those who spot ice cream vans operating without these are urged to report it to their local council on their websites.
Deputy Leader of Peterborough city councillor Steve Allen 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.”