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Safety checks for town’s cabs

Posted: 16/12/10 by Northampton Borough Council

Last week week four cars were taken off the road as a result of a surprise safety check on taxis and private hire vehicles.

On Thursday 9 December, Northampton Borough Council Enforcement Officers, Northampton Borough Council Benefit Fraud Section, Vehicle and Operators Services Agency and Northamptonshire Police spent six hours stopping and inspecting a number of the town’s taxis. A total of 27 vehicles were inspected during this check, which included both Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. Of those 27, 19 were Private Hire vehicles, five were Hackney Carriages and three were limousines.

Four Private Hire vehicles were immediately taken off the road, one for being dangerous due to a damaged bumper with exposed sharp edges and three for failing to display the correct plates and badges to identify them as licensed Private Hire drivers. A number of other drivers received verbal warnings for defects with their lights.

Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement, Councillor Paul Varnsverry, said: “At all times of year, but particularly in this season when numbers of town centre visitors increase, the council is mindful of its responsibilities as licensing authority to taxi users and the wider public.

“Spot checks like these make drivers aware of the importance of the maintenance of their vehicles. They are professional drivers of whom high professional standards can reasonably be expected. Where those standards have not been upheld, Northampton Borough Council will continue to work closely with their partners on making sure the safety of the users of these vehicles and other road users and pedestrians is addressed as a priority.”

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