Cabbies must not put lives at risk
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.