One in 3 taxis lose licences
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.