Joint operation targets ‘unfit’ taxis in Clitheroe

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Taxi enforcement officers at Ribble Valley Borough Council joined forces with the police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in a swoop on unroadworthy vehicles.

A dozen vehicles were targeted in a Friday afternoon inspection at sites in Clitheroe.

Although three vehicles were served with notices, we are delighted that most were of an excellent standard

RVBC taxi enforcement officer Carl Rung

RVBC’s taxi enforcement officer, Carl Rung, said: “Maintaining a high standard of vehicles is something we take seriously and we carry out regular checks to ensure taxis and their drivers are meeting licensing requirements. This was a joint operation, where vehicles were subject to a rigorous inspection to ensure they were compliant with licence conditions.”

Of the 12 vehicles inspected, nine were found to be of the required standard and three drivers were served with advisory notices requiring work to be carried out on their vehicles within seven days.

Mr Rung added: “The council requires the immediate withdrawal of hackney carriage or private hire vehicles constituting a risk to public safety, or work carried out to ensure the vehicles are of a high standard. Although three vehicles were served with notices, we are delighted that most were of an excellent standard.”

Ribble Valley residents are reminded not to use unlicensed taxis or flag down private hire vehicles.

And RVBC has issued tips for a safe journey including understanding that “yellow plate” private hire vehicles must be pre-booked. Only “blue plate” hackney carriages can be flagged down or hired from a taxi rank and it’s illegal for private hire vehicles to pick up passengers in the street, unless they are pre- booked.

RVBC’s register of licensed operators, vehicles and drivers featuring the names of taxi licence holders, along with licence numbers, issue and expiry dates, and licence terms, is available on RVBC’s web site.

Residents can use the register to ensure drivers and vehicles are licensed, which means they will be safe, comfortable and roadworthy, and that drivers have a reasonable knowledge of the area, are medically fit and free from serious convictions.

Anyone who suspects a taxi firm of operating without a licence or a driver of driving without a licence or using an unlicensed vehicle, can call RVBC’s licensing team on 01200 414411.