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Taxi Enforcement Swoop in Clitheroe

Published Monday, 19 March 2018

Taxi enforcement officers at Ribble Valley Borough Council joined forces with the police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in a swoop on unroadworthy vehicles.

Of the 10 vehicles inspected at sites around Clitheroe, six were found to be of the required standard, one driver was served with an immediate prohibition and three were served with notices requiring work to be carried out on their vehicles within seven days.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s taxi enforcement officer, Carl Rung, said: “Maintaining a high standard of vehicles is something we take seriously and we carry out regular checks to ensure taxis and their drivers meet licensing requirements.

“This was a joint operation, where vehicles were subject to a rigorous inspection to ensure they were compliant with licence conditions.

“We require the immediate withdrawal of hackney carriage or private hire vehicles constituting a risk to public safety, or work carried out to ensure the vehicles are of a high standard.

“Although four vehicles were served with notices, we are delighted that most were of an excellent standard.”

You are reminded not to use unlicensed taxis or flag down private hire vehicles and the following tips will help you have a safe journey:

  1. “Yellow plate” private hire vehicles must be pre-booked. Only “blue plate” hackney carriages can be flagged down or hired from a taxi rank and it is illegal for private hire vehicles to pick up passengers in the street, unless they are pre-booked
  2. Check drivers are wearing identification badges that have not expired
  3. Check the identity of drivers against photographs on identification badges
  4. Check that licence plates at the back of vehicles or on the left-hand side of windscreens are in date
  5. Do not give personal details to drivers
  6. Agree private hire fees in advance. Metred hackney cab fees are set by the council

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s register of licensed operators, vehicles and drivers featuring the names of taxi licence holders, along with licence numbers, issue and expiry dates, and licence terms, is available at ribblevalley.gov.uk.

You can use the register to ensure drivers and vehicles are licensed, which means they will be safe, comfortable and roadworthy, and that drivers have a reasonable knowledge of the area, are medically fit and free from serious convictions.

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