Cabbies must not put lives at risk

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

AN aw­ful lot of peo­ple rely on taxis to get around the city, so it is only right that those in charge of the ve­hi­cles go about their busi­ness re­spon­si­bly.

The safety of the fare-pay­ing pub­lic is para­mount, which is why there are strict li­cens­ing rules in place – on top of the mo­tor­ing laws ev­ery one has to abide by.

So the spot check car­ried out on both pri­vate hire ve­hi­cles and black cabs – by the po­lice, city coun­cil and Ve­hi­cle and Op­er­a­tor Ser­vice Agency was both timely and nec­es­sary.

Its re­sults, while not nec­es­sar­ily cause for alarm, did show an un­healthy num­ber of driv­ers fail­ing to stand up to scru­tiny – with some cars be­ing taken off the road.

The ac­tion taken against those break­ing the law will hope­fully send a mes­sage to oth­ers of the im­por­tance of keep­ing their ve­hi­cles in a fit and proper con­di­tion.

And it should also re­mind the au­thor­i­ties of the need for fur­ther spotchecks to en­sure they are get­ting the mes­sage.

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