Notices issued in taxi enforcement swoop

There's been a spring swoop on taxis and private hire vehicles.
There's been a spring swoop on taxis and private hire vehicles.

Two private hire drivers received advisory notices and one had their vehicle taken off the road during a swoop by council officers and police.

Licensing officers from Ribble Valley Borough Council have been out and about with the police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff in a spring swoop on taxis and private hire vehicles.

On-the-spot checks have been taking place throughout the borough to ensure vehicles are roadworthy, drivers properly licensed and licence conditions complied with.

And further swoops throughout the summer are on the cards.

Ten vehicles were checked for unroadworthiness, with seven found to be satisfactory, two issued with advisory notices requiring work to be carried out within seven days and another with a tyre tread below the legal limit withdrawn from use until it was replaced and a new MOT obtained.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s taxi enforcement officer, Carl Rung, said: “Maintaining a high standard of vehicles is something the council takes 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 rigorous on-the-spot inspections to ensure they were compliant with licensing conditions.

“These checks have helped to identify drivers flouting the law and ensure the safety and roadworthiness of licensed vehicles.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council’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 at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk.

Members of the public 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, is asked to contact the council’s licensing team on 01200 414411.