Private hire and hackney cabs in Northampton banned after safety checks

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Eight taxis have been taken off the road or given a delayed prohibition after the latest round of spot safety checks in Northampton.

Licensing officers from Northampton Borough Council, the police and Vehicle and Operators Services Agency carried out the safety checks as part of their ongoing public safety campaign.

During the six-hour operation, 37 vehicles were stopped and inspected to check that they were roadworthy and met public safety standards.

Six private hire Vehicles and two hackney carriages were taken off the road on Friday because they failed to meet safety standards.

Offences included dangerous tyres, mechanical faults and lighting offences.

Another 21 drivers were issued with advice or warnings about parts that were wearing to the point of failure.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for licensing, said: “This is a disappointing result.

“Taxis licensed to operate in Northampton must pass two scheduled safety tests during the year to make sure they meet the standards set by the town’s licensing conditions.

“On top of these tests officers also carry out a number of spot checks throughout the year. Clearly more needs to be done.

“The safety of the public is our paramount concern. Taxi firms and drivers have a duty to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy and in good condition.

“We will be stepping up the number of spot checks carried out and will take action against anyone who fails to meet the required safety standards. We will also come down much harder on any repeat offenders.”