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Out of town cars among taxis caught with defects in taxi operation

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Out of town cars among taxis caught with defects in taxi operation 11th October 2017

Taxi Licensing Officers from Milton Keynes Council recently joined forces with Thames Valley Police to carry out checks on taxi drivers on an evening of positive enforcement action.

On Friday, (6 October) licensed vehicles were stopped and checked on the roads of Milton Keynes during a safety operation which targeted Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles with suspected defects and licensing breaches. The aim of the operation was to proactively tackle vehicle defects found among taxis in the city.

As a result of this operation 12 vehicles licensed by Milton Keynes, South Northants and Aylesbury Vale were stopped and checked at the roadside. Of these vehicles seven were identified as having defects that required further examination by the Council’s Testing Station.

All seven vehicles were then thoroughly inspected by examiners with a variety of faults including tyre damage, defective lights, smoking exhaust, lack of cleanliness, excessive engine noise and bodywork damage.

Of the seven vehicles that failed four were licensed by South Northants District Council, two were licensed by Milton Keynes Council and one was licensed by Aylesbury Vale Council.

Cllr Catriona Morris, Chair of the Council’s Regulatory (Taxi) Committee said: “The aim of this safety operation is to ensure that Taxis and Private Hire vehicles operating in Milton Keynes are safe to use – and we will keep on carrying out these checks until we get a zero failure rate.

“It is vital that people have absolute confidence in the safety of licensed vehicles and this operation was designed to highlight those who do not maintain their vehicles.

“We will continue to work with Thames Valley Police, other taxi licensing authorities and other partners to ensure the safety of the public when using these services.”

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