Spot checks carried out by council officers and police in Harrogate saw unsafe taxis taken off the road. In a bid to ensure passenger safety, the police and council picked taxis at random for their checks, stopping a total of 21 cabs between 7pm and 11pm. The checks looked at vehicle licensing, lights and brakes, and Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton was disappointed at the results. He 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. While 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.”
With around 450 taxis in Harrogate, Harrogate Borough Council licensing committee urged all taxi drivers to check their vehicles before taking them out on the road. Out of the five unsafe taxis spotted during the checks, one driver now faces a court appearance.
Is your taxi safe?
When was the last time you stopped to think about whether or not the taxi you’re travelling in was safe? Most of us simply put our faith in the taxi driver, assuming they are licensed and that their vehicle has been well-maintained and is roadworthy. But as the above news story shows, this isn’t always the case. More stringent checks need to be carried out to ensure that the taxis we use on a daily basis are safe, and that their drivers are licensed. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident as a passenger in an unlicensed cab, or one which was not roadworthy, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
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