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1st Dec, 2021

Licences suspended at spot check crackdown on Redditch taxis

SEVERAL licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in Redditch have had their licences suspended after failing safety spot checks.

The spot checks were carried out by Licensing Officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services who found several vehicles were unsafe for carrying passengers.

Three out of 24 inspected vehicles by officers and examiners were found to have defects which included worn tyres, leaking brakes, and fuel leaks.

One was found to have a tyre which was worn to the extent the cord was exposed.

Appropriate steps are now being taken in relation to the licence holders whose vehicles were found to be unsafe.

Officers are also working with other drivers to raise awareness of how they can keep their vehicles in tip top condition.

Redditch Borough Council’s licensing committee chair Councillor Salman Akbar said: “While we recognise the majority of drivers maintain their vehicles correctly, we will not accept passengers being put at risk by the minority.

“This council is proud of its excellent licensing policies and procedures which are there to protect residents and drivers alike.

“We want people who use a Redditch taxi or private hire vehicle to be confident their journey will be a safe one and WRS officers will continue to be vigilant and carry out these spot checks.”

The officers have stated further safety spot checks will be undertaken across the borough and county to ensure taxis and private hire vehicles are safe to travel in.

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