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Residents reminded to look out for unlicensed ice cream vans

17 April 2023

Peterborough City Council is reminding residents to be on the look out for unlicensed ice cream vans this summer.

The authority licenses ice cream vans that trade in Peterborough and as part of that licence vehicles are required to be of roadworthy condition with full insurance and a valid MOT. 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. The orange plate contains the Council logo, the plate number and the vehicle registration of the ice cream van.

For safety reasons, the public 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 the Licensing Team.

The Licensing Team can be contacted by email at