One in 3 taxis lose li­cences

Middleton Guardian - - REVIEW OF 2018 -

A THIRD of all taxis had their li­cences re­moved af­ter spot checks were car­ried out on cars across the bor­ough.

Two ses­sions of checks were car­ried out by Rochdale Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing team and po­lice of­fi­cers to check the com­pli­ance of pri­vate and pub­lic hire ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing within the bor­ough ahead of the busy fes­tive pe­riod.

Ve­hi­cles were checked to see if they com­plied with con­di­tions and stan­dards, and that all driv­ers were li­censed.

A to­tal of 48 ve­hi­cles were checked. All driv­ers were found to be li­censed and 26 ve­hi­cles were fully com­pli­ant with the coun­cil’s stan­dards and li­cens­ing con­di­tions.

Sus­pen­sion no­tices were is­sued to 16 ve­hi­cles for breach­ing li­cens­ing con­di­tions.

Rea­sons in­cluded some ve­hi­cles not car­ry­ing a fire ex­tin­guisher and hav­ing a faulty light.

All 16 driv­ers pre­sented their ve­hi­cles and reme­died the is­sues within 24 hours and had their li­cences re­in­stated.

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