Partners join together to carry out vehicle checks in Wellingborough.
The Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) joined forces with Northamptonshire Police and the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on Thursday (12 December).
Northamptonshire Police stopped taxi drivers across the town, directing them to Tithe Barn council offices where the environmental health team and DVSA officers carried out routine licensing and mechanical checks.
All taxi drivers worked with all the agencies while BCW officers checked for compliance with licensing regulations, such as checking the vehicles are maintained in good repair, clean condition, displaying their licence in the front and rear of the vehicle, and other requirements such as having a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
DVSA officers checked the mechanical aspects of the vehicles, looking out for tyre wear and all lights being in working order. Throughout the afternoon, 29 vehicles were checked by officers with most being compliant. Some minor non-compliance was noted, and one vehicle had a bald tyre. This vehicle was served with a prohibition notice and the driver arranged for a replacement tyre to be fitted on the spot. All minor non-compliance will be followed up by the council in accordance with the council’s enforcement policy.
Chair of the Licensing Committee, Cllr Jonathan Ekins, said: “We are committed to working with organisations across the county and this is a fantastic example of partners coming together to work with the town’s taxi drivers to ensure the safety of our residents when using licensed vehicles.
“We would like to thank all taxi drivers for working with us while we carried out routine checks, and we’re pleased that the outcome overall indicated a high level of compliance amongst the licensed vehicle fleet”.
PC David Lee, of Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team, said: “We are all committed to working together to improve road safety, which is why we carry out operations like this with our partner agencies.
“People using taxis have a right to expect them to be safe and legal, and for the people driving them to be following rules which are in place to protect both them and other road users. These checks help to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers and firms of their responsibilities.”
For more information about Northamptonshire Police visit: www.northants.police.uk. To find out about taxi licensing visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/licensing