Derby council clamps down on unsafe taxis

Derby City Council have called on cabbies in the area to heed the necessity of vehicle safety after conducting a crackdown on the condition of local vehicles.

The authority performed a series of checks and inspections on several taxis operating in the area last week, with several drivers having their licences suspended over unsafe practices, reports the Derby Telegraph.

Offences included the use of vehicles with defects such as jammed doors, bald tyres, damaged bumpers or poor suspension.

Councillor Margaret Redfern, chairwoman of the council’s licensing committee, said the new commitment to vehicle safety was essential at a time of year which sees demand for taxis on the increase.

She said: “It’s vital that customers are confident they can use taxis that are legal and, more importantly, safe.”

Last month, the Coventry Telegraph reported that police in the area were conducting a crackdown of their own in order to prevent cabbies from driving without taxi insurance.

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