South Tyneside Taxis one of the Safest in the UK

South TynesideAccording to a recent survey, South Tyneside taxi vehicles are among the safest in the UK.

A survey among cab drivers across the UK has been collected by trade magazine Private Hire and Taxi Monthly.

South Tyneside has come out on top, with the lowest percentage of vehicles deemed as not meeting the standards set by licensing chiefs.

In 2011 50 taxis were checked by enforcement officers, and only one vehicle did not meet the criteria set by the licensing chiefs and none were removed from the road.

Selby was at the bottom of the list, with 90% of its 21 vehicles failing to meet the standards after being stopped and checked by the officers.

Mark Wood, Owner of Biddick Hall and Whiteleas, said “Being named as the district with the safest taxi vehicles is a credit to the drivers who operate in the borough and to the council.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for leisure and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said “The council has an extremely good relationship with local transport operators and we know that the licensed operators in the borough place great importance on the safety and quality of their services.

“This result shows that they are maintaining the highest of standards.”

Its good news that these taxis are the safest around, as all the industry really hears about is how UK taxi insurance premiums has increased along with fuel, maintenance costs and negative news like accidents and crime.

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