Spot-checks on safety standards

Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017

Random vehicle stops to assess the safety of taxis and private hire vehicles operating in Northampton took place this week.

17 vehicles were stopped as part of the multi-agency operation with Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police, and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. The cars were inspected to check their condition and roadworthiness, and that conditions required for licensing are being complied with.

12 vehicles passed the assessment immediately with others receiving warnings for safety issues including faulty lights. One hackney carriage and one private hire vehicle were suspended from use until the defects are rectified.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “The safety of passengers, other road users, and drivers themselves is our main concern. The hackney carriages and private hire vehicles operating in Northampton must meet the required standard as part of their licensing conditions and we expect this standard to be met every day of the year.

“The drivers and owners of these vehicles have a duty to ensure this standard is maintained and we will take action against any vehicle that fails to meet the required safety standards.”

The operation took place on St Andrews Road on Wednesday 15 February.

Anyone with concerns about the safety of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle should inform Northampton Borough Council’s licensing team.