During a safety check in Harrogate, police stopped 21 hackney carriages and private hire taxis, ruling that five of them were dangerous taxis. The joint operation between Harrogate Council, North Yorkshire Police and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency decided that almost a quarter of the cabs stopped were dangerous taxis, preventing them from carrying on their work on the roads.
Andrew Morton, a Traffic Sergeant from North Yorkshire Police, commented, “Members of the public have a right to expect that the taxis they use are safe and roadworthy and that the drivers are properly licensed. Whilst many taxi drivers do maintain their vehicles, I am disappointed by the number of vehicles which presented with defects, five of which were so serious they were taken off the road and had their taxi plates suspended.”
An additional four drivers were served with notices to repair faults, and the results were surprising to the community. Councillor John Ennis, Harrogate Council’s Licensing Committee’s chairman, commented, “Harrogate Borough Council are committed to the enforcement of our licensing regime and tonight’s operation demonstrates this with five vehicles suspended from operation. We will be carrying out further operations within the district in conjunction with police and I urge all taxi drivers to check their vehicles thoroughly before taking them out.”
Accidents can happen on public transport
When you travel by bus, train or take a taxi, you presume that you’ll reach your destination safely, putting your safety in the hands of the driver. You expect that the vehicle you’re driving in is roadworthy and well-maintained, and that the driver is a qualified, experienced professional. So if you’ve been injured due to a negligent taxi driver or involved in a road traffic accident in a taxi that wasn’t roadworthy, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Taxi drivers have a responsibility to ensure that the vehicle they are driving is safe, so that they’re not putting members of the public at risk.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown