Unsafe Clitheroe taxi taken off the road

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Taxi enforcement officers at Ribble Valley Borough Council joined forces with the police, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and HM Revenue and Customs on Saturday night to stop the use of unroadworthy vehicles.

Some 22 vehicles were checked in the late-night inspection at taxi ranks in Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley’ 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 drivers are meeting licence requirements.

“This was a joint operation in which vehicles were subjected to a rigorous inspection to ensure they were compliant with licencing conditions.”

Of the 22 vehicles inspected, 17 were found to be of the required standard.

One driver was served with a prohibition notice, requiring him to withdraw his vehicle from operation immediately, and four were served with advisory notices for work to be carried out within seven days.

Mr Rung continued: “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 enough standard.

“Although one vehicle was found to be unroadworthy, we are delighted most were of an excellent standard.”

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

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