Taxi safety test results pleasing

Taxi checks carried out across North Denbighshire found the majority of vehicles complied with licensing and health and safety rules.

Eighteen hackney carriage vehicles were inspected by Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police. The overall results were pleasing, with no serious vehicle defects or driving licence issued found.

Of the eighteen vehicles inspected, twelve were found to be in a satisfactory condition, with nothing to report.   One driver was advised regarding uneven tyre wear on the vehicle,  two drivers were advised regarding lighting defects (registration bulb and brake light) and one driver advised regarding minor cleanliness issues.  One driver was warned regarding a breach of the dress code.

Unfortunately it was necessary to immediately suspend two vehicles for having dirty vehicle interiors which are a breach of the Licensing conditions and penalty points under the Licensing scheme will be issued. These drivers were required to present their vehicle for inspection at Fleet Services, Bodelwyddan once they had resolved the cleanliness issues.

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment, said: “Overall the results were pleasing and it’s clear that the majority of taxi companies take their licensing and health and safety responsibilities seriously. However, there were a few examples where improvements were needed and the Council will continue working with colleagues at North Wales Police to ensure the safety of the general public through carrying out rigorous and regular checks.

Sergeant Mark Jones at Prestatyn Police Station said “Ensuring the travelling public’s safety and roadworthiness of taxi’s and private hire vehicles is an important part of helping keep communities safe.   We have an excellent working relationship with our partners in Denbighshire County Council and will continue to work together to keep our communities safe and it’s likely operations like this will be repeated
Posted on Friday 28th July 2017