Council clamps down on taxis


TaxiOur licensing team have been out with West Yorkshire Police recently checking up on taxis and private hire vehicles.

The night proved very successful as five of the 24 vehicles checked, were taken off the road immediately and a further nine were given suspension notices. The majority of the problems that needed fixing were with brakes and tyres. The other 10 vehicles tested were given the all clear.

The spot checks were carried out in Huddersfield on Friday 2 October 2015 close to the multi-storey car park at Queensgate between 6pm and 10pm.

Well over 50 per cent of the vehicles examined needed to have some kind of work carried out.

There are around 2,000 licensed vehicles in Kirklees.

Cllr Steve Hall, cabinet member for licensing said:

We take road safety in Kirklees very seriously and these spot checks are one of many ways we help ensure the safety of people using Taxi’s.

It is worrying how many vehicles failed the test and that they failed on things that should be routinely checked by any motorist.

We are committed to continuing these spot checks, and advise all motorists but particularly those who are licensed to carry passengers that they should be keeping on top of the maintenance of their vehicle – as it is paramount to the safety of all road users.

I will be working with officers to look at the data collected about the cars seen during the spot check and look for opportunities to further improve the service. I would like to thank our officers along with the police for their continued efforts to make sure the taxis in our borough are a safe to travel”

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