Taxis and private hire vehicles stopped in Lincolnshire nighttime crackdown

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Officers from the North East Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police carried out an overnight crackdown on local taxis and private hire vehicles ahead of Christmas.

A total of 15 random roadside inspections were carried out last week, and 5 faults were identified.

The council indicates that inspections are carried out frequently and especially before peak periods to assess the condition of vehicles, insurance, check that the correct signage is displayed and that the driver has his identification badge visible.

During the evening, the following observations were made:

  • A Hackney Carriage vehicle roof headlight was not working.

  • Two Hackney Carriage vehicles required rate cards.

  • A Private Hire driver issued a parking ticket on the zigzag yellow lines.

  • A Hackney Carriage vehicle found with a cracked mirror.

Councilor Ron Shepherd, Safer, Stronger Communities portfolio holder, said: “Throughout the year, we perform routine random inspections of our local taxis to ensure they are maintained and compliant. to high standards.

“The Christmas season can be a particularly busy time for taxi drivers, and the majority care very well about their vehicles and their passengers. As tonight has shown, we have a high compliance rate.

“Drivers also undergo annual inspections, but these random checks allow us to ensure that standards are continuously met. ”

Under current COVID restrictions, passengers are required to wear face coverings when using a taxi or private rental vehicle to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“I know people might be a little fed up with COVID restrictions now, but it’s really important that people take action to protect themselves and others,” Councilor Shepherd added.

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