Peterborough City Council Licensing Officers took part in a joint operation with officers from Cambridgeshire Police, HMRC and DVSA to inspect taxis operating in Peterborough.
On September 8, vehicles were stopped by Cambridgeshire Police and inspected at the Pleasure Fair Meadow car park, Oundle Road. Taxis were checked for potential safety risks, while drivers were checked to ensure their licenses were in compliance.
A total of 39 taxis and private hire vehicles were stopped, four of which were given immediate ban notices by the DVSA due to their roadworthiness and were taken off the road. Ten other vehicles received appropriate warnings and advice. Notable flaws identified during the operation included dangerously worn tires, headlights that did not work, and tinted windows darker than the law allowed.
Deputy Chief and Cabinet Member for Communications, Culture and Communities, Councilor Steve Allen, said: “The importance of this joint operation in cracking down on taxis and private hire vehicles in poor condition cannot be underestimated. Peterborough taxi and private car hire services are used by thousands of people every day, we need to make sure these vehicles are safe.
“I would like to thank all parties for their hard work and dedication in finding the taxi drivers whose standards were far below those expected by this authority. I hope these checks will help residents feel safe and we will continue to work alongside the police, DVSA and HMRC. “