Multi-agency operation to improve taxi and private hire safety

Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017

A multi-agency operation conducted this week saw safety checks completed on more than 40 taxi and private hire vehicles.

Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency conducted inspections on St Andrews Road on Wednesday, 18 October.

Of the 46 vehicles inspected, 21 were found to be completely in order while 17 drivers received warnings for breaching mandatory conditions.

Four vehicles were issued with prohibition notices due to tyres with a tread beneath the legal limit.

Two drivers were temporarily suspended for failing to display their private hire driver’s licence but have since received permission to resume work.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “The majority of faults identified were minor, but even minor issues are unacceptable as far as we are concerned. That’s why we regularly conduct these checks to make sure that the taxis and private hire vehicles on our roads are operating safely.

“It’s important that people who use taxis and private hire vehicles act responsibly too – make sure you know the difference between the two and how to check for a valid license plate and driver license.”

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