Recently there were safety checks carried out on taxis in Rossendale and half were found to have faults that were dangerous.
As a result of the faults, the drivers were given suspended or delayed prohibition notices. These were issued by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the checks were carried out by police and licensing chiefs.
The faults with the vehicles included tyres that weren’t fully inflated, brake lights that were broken and brake callipers that were leaking. As well as this there were also torn seats for the passengers, roof signs that were damaged, meters that weren’t working properly and missing wheel nuts.
If the drivers who were caught with these errors in their vehicles do not correct them they will be punished further. They may be able to claim on their UK taxi insurance policies to help with the costs of some of these faults such as the ripped seats.
Councillor Christine Gill who over shadowed the operation said, “There is no excuse for defective tyres ad lights or filthy vehicles and defective roof signs and meters.
“Taxi drivers are professional drivers and as such they should be carrying out basic checks before, during and at the end of each shift to ensure passenger safety.
“The council will continue to conduct these inspections regularly. Licenced taxis are regularly tested and further taxi inspections are now scheduled to take place throughout the year.”