Taxi drivers

Two taxi drivers issued ban notices after random taxi inspection

DVSA vehicle inspection. (Image: Ribble Valley Police)

Two taxi drivers have received notices after a random inspection was carried out in Ribble Valley last week.

On Friday October 14, the police worked with Ribble Valley Council Taxi Enforcement and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to carry out inspections of taxis to ensure vehicles were safe.

Ten taxis were inspected in what was essentially a roadside MOT and the vehicles were checked for registration, insurance and defects.

The two vehicles that received notices of immediate prohibition and suspension from the road were not licensed Ribble Valley taxis and originated from outside the borough.

Police have warned that further enforcement days are planned to ensure taxis and private hire vehicles serving the valley are fit for purpose.

PC Keates and PC Green said: “Together with DVSA (formerly VOSA) Vehicle Inspector, Ribble Valley Council Taxi Enforcement and Ribble Valley Police, a Check and Enforcement Day has taken place.

“Ten taxis were checked for registration, insurance and vehicle defects. DVSA essentially carried out a roadside technical check.

“Three vehicle defects have been identified and two vehicles have been issued immediate ban notices and have been removed from the road until the defects are corrected.

“Every licensed Ribble Valley taxi has passed the rigorous test, unfortunately the two prohibition notices issued were not licensed Ribble Valley taxis and originated from outside our borough.

“Bravo to our local taxi drivers. Other application days are planned.