On Friday 29th November 2013 taxi drivers and their vehicles underwent a number of checks in Burton
upon Trent. This was a joint initiative organised by East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Police and VOSA, and was a follow-up to a similar exercise in August.
Officers from the three agencies conducted vehicle inspections to assess the roadworthiness and safety of taxis and private hire vehicles licensed by East Staffordshire Borough Council, and while
these inspections took place the Police’s elite drugs dogs assisted in the search for illicit substances as part of their ongoing Operation “Ring of Steel”.
Of 19 vehicles stopped, 17 held licenses issued by East Staffordshire Borough Council. Whilst only 3 were found failing to comply with Council policy in relation to signage or safety equipment; VOSA vehicle inspectors found 11 vehicles with various defects such as inadequate tread depth on tyres, faulty lights and mirrors. In the case of those vehicles found to have defects the drivers have been issued with notices requiring action to rectify the faults and these are being followed up.
The drug swabs and dog searches conducted by the Police yielded no positive results.
Cllr Julia Jessel, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services said: “As the licensing authority the Council has a duty of care to ensure the safety of the vehicles that have been granted a licence. More importantly the Council must ensure the safety of the people who use these licensed vehicles. As part of the Council’s commitment to residents and road safety it is essential that these inspections are carried out”.
“I am disappointed by the number of vehicles found to have faults and because of this I have asked Council Officers to meet with the taxi trade to discuss concerns about standards of vehicle
The Council’s Enforcement Team would like to thank all those involved in the initiative for their co-operation and Alan’s Test Centre on Wetmore Road for providing the testing facility.
For further information please contact the Council’s Enforcement Team on 01283 508480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org