Ten PHVs were suspended from trading following checks by police and enforcement officials.
According to the Telegraph and Argus, they carried out checks on 26 vehicles in the Bradford centre in November; ten of those were taken off the road because of a catalogue of faults.
Bald tyres, defective lights and dangerous vehicle parts were among faults discov-ered. One driver’s PH licence expired in August. Another ran off and hid down a small track; he was suspended from trading.
Taxi drivers flouting the law were targeted by police in a crackdown on counterfeit cabbies in Dacorum.
The force’s road policing unit worked with licensing officers from Dacorum BC to check hackney carriages and PHVs at the Civic Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
A total of 22 taxis were stopped with seven verbal warnings given for minor vehicle defects or not having the required docu-mentation. One driver had their taxi licence suspended because of damage to his vehicle’s bodywork.
Only half of Darwen taxis met the required standards during inspections in the town centre in January.
The multi-agency taxi testing operation involved Blackburn with Darwen Council and the police.
Of the 16 vehicles inspected, four were immediately taken off the road for having bald tyres, with the drivers given three points and fined.
Five drivers were given seven days to put faults such as defective lights right. Seven of the 16 vehicles tested met the safety standards.
Charnwood BC officers posing as customers carried out 13 test journeys in Loughborough in December.
As a result two drivers are being investigated for refusing to take officers on a short journey and a third for failing to switch on his meter.
Seven vehicles were also inspected by DVSA, two were suspended from use after defects were found. One licensed driver who was stopped failed to produce his driver badge.
The operation was organised by the council’s licensing team and supported by police and DVSA.
North Yorks Police’s roads policing group, Harrogate BC and the DVSA carried out the checks from 7pm to 11pm on a recent Friday night.
During the operation 22 PHVs and hackney carriages were stopped and checked and three were taken off the road immediately.
Four vehicles were given notices to have defects repaired within seven days, and a further five were given advisory notices for defects.
Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton told the Knaresborough Post: “I was again disappointed that over half the vehicles checked had some form of defect.”
Taxi inspections carried out in West Fife from July to September resulted in a 100 per cent pass rate.
All 107 vehicles tested passed first time, a big improvement from the previous quarter when the pass rate was 92 per cent.
Tom Henderson, Fife Council’s service manager in fleet operations, told the Dunfermline Press: “I am exceptionally pleased to present this report to the committee with all vehicles passing the annual inspection first time.”
Officers from the Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team joined with Rossendale Council officers to stop taxis in the Valley as part of Operation Maestro. They were then examined by the DVSA.
Police said a total of nine vehicles were inspected from Haslingden, Helmshore and Rawtenstall and only three passed the inspection.
According to the Rossendale Free Press six of the taxis were suspended, one immediate prohibition and two delayed prohibitions were issued.
Eight taxis were ordered off the road after council officials found faults with them during an unannounced safety inspection.
Officials from Leicester CC checked 22 PHVs and seven hackney cabs during a recent operation.
According to the Leicester Mercury, inspectors found faults such as defective lights, underinflated tyres and worn brakes.
Of the eight vehicles found with defects, seven were PHVs, one was a hackney cab.
The standard of Taunton’s taxis has improved over the past year, according to police.
Officers who checked 31 cabs on New Year’s Eve only discovered six minor offences involving lighting and mirrors.
No vehicles were ordered off the road and the minor issues will be checked again.
Seven drivers were advised regarding possible future issues needing rectification, while HMRC are following up two tax issues.
There were also a few licensing breaches with regard to not carrying a first aid kit.
Taxis alleged to be operating illegally have been taken off the road across South West Wales.
Dyfed-Powys Police, Swansea and NPT councils have conducted checks on a recent Saturday on the M4 J48. A vehicle was stopped, and following enquiries three vehicles were seized under S165 RTA for no insurance.
Meanwhile, in Port Talbot, three taxis were towed from the bus station after officers from NPT Licensing Team had received information, later confirmed by police, that a taxi firm operating throughout Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Powys no longer had insurance.