A cordon, directing drivers to 'stop if requested', was set up on Scotland Road and police say they will be operating throughout Liverpool
Eight taxis have already been taken off the road tonight after the vehicles were found to have ‘serious defects’ .
The order for the hire car drivers to stop working comes as Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council launch a joint operation called TaxiSafe
The two authorities are embarking on a crackdown on taxis operating illegally in Merseyside and will be setting up cordons to check vehicles and taxi drivers across the area.
Officers had set up one such cordon on Scotland Road, where police cars and vans had parked up and several officers were directing taxis to stop.
The drivers were asked to ‘stop if requested’ as they moved through a vehicle checkpoint on the main road.
A number of police were part of the operation and could be seen combing over taxis for any issues and checking with drivers for their licences.
The eight taxis were suspended from working, police say, ‘for serious defects’.
An officer at the scene on Scotland Road said that it was ‘all to do with safety’.
They told the ECHO ‘it is about making sure passengers are getting into safe cabs’.
Road police say they will be operating in various locations throughout Liverpool carrying out the same checks on other private car drivers.