Unsafe taxis taken off the road in Hertsmere

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

FOUR taxi drivers have been suspended from driving their cabs after their vehicles were deemed unsafe. More than 50 taxis in Hertsmere were given safety checks to make sure passengers will be safe over the Christmas period. Borough council licensing offic

FOUR taxi drivers have been suspended from driving their cabs after their vehicles were deemed unsafe.

More than 50 taxis in Hertsmere were given safety checks to make sure passengers will be safe over the Christmas period.

Borough council licensing officers were going through drivers' vehicle documents, as well as the actual vehicle to make sure it was roadworthy and safe for riders.

All licensed taxi drivers were invited to attend the session and in total, 50 private hire vehicles and four hackney carriages from across the borough were checked.

Four cars were deemed unsafe, with three having defective tyres - and officers suspended the vehicle licence plates until the drivers had the problems fixed.

Another 13 drivers were given advice on things such as tyre pressure and 11 vehicles also had minor defects and drivers were given a set time to rectify the problem.

Councillor Martin Heywood, chairman of the licensing committee, said: "On the whole most of the vehicles that were inspected were in a good condition and most drivers felt it was a worthwhile exercise.

"The inspections take place regularly throughout the year but we thought it was a good idea to arrange a session before Christmas as generally, people are more likely to use a taxi over the festive season.

"There was a marginal improvement compared to the last session of checks we did, but I await the day when we find no faults or defects.


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