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Taxi drivers put in the spotlight

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

By Jenny Moody

ROBERT HARDWICK

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UTTOXETER taxi drivers have come under the spotlight as police and council officials carried out checks.

Taxi drivers and their vehicles underwent simple checks on Friday in Uttoxeter town centre in a scheme run in partnership between Staffordshire Police Specials and East Staffordshire Borough Council’s enforcement officers.

Out of the nine vehicles checked, seven of which were licenced by the borough council, one vehicle had broken registration plate bulbs and two vehicles were failing to display a meter tariff.

These issues are currently being dealt with by enforcement officers, although the police had no concerns.

The checks were carried out to assess the driver’s and vehicle’s compliance with council and police legislation.

The scheme ensured that drivers had their personal badge, that the vehicles displayed council issued licensed plates and door panels, that they carried the right equipment such as first aid kits and fire extinguishers and that the cars were in a roadworthy condition.

Councillor Robert Hardwick, the council’s deputy leader for regulatory services, said the scheme showed the authority’s commitment to ensure the drivers are complying with the law.

He said: “This scheme shows the councils commitment to ensuring that the licenced taxi drivers and firms are complying with the laws we and the police have in place.

“The fact that we are dealing with all issues, however small, proves that we take the legislation very seriously and we expect taxi drivers to do the same”.

The enforcement team said it would like to thank all those drivers involved in the initiative for their co-operation and the Staffordshire Police Specials for organising the scheme.

More information is available by contacting the enforcement team on 01283 508480 or by e-mailing enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

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