Taxi Enforcement Operation with Denbighshire County
Defective tyres, no MOT, failing to wear seatbelts and using a
mobile phone whilst driving were just some of the offences detected
by officers during a Taxi Enforcement Operation at Rhyl and
Prestatyn yesterday (Thursday 9th November).
Officers from the North Wales Police Roads
Policing Unit, VOSA and Denbighshire County Council took part in
the day of action, which was aimed at improving road safety.
A total of 25 vehicles were stopped, which
included taxis and other road users and a number of offences were
found including driving whilst using a mobile phone, failing to
wear seat belts, no current MOT, defective tyres, no number plate
lights and no headlamp.
Delayed and immediate prohibitions were also
given for defective tyres, and a deferred prohibition was given
because of an oil leak.
Two graduated fixed penalty notices were also
given for driver’s hours’ offences to a total of £400 and two
twenty-four hour prohibitions were given for linked offences.
Denbighshire County Council also issued nine
deferred prohibitions under licensing legislation with offences
involving badge use, first aid kit, fire extinguisher compliance
and general vehicle condition.
Sergeant Tony Gatley from the Roads Policing
Unit said: “This operation is yet another good example of how we
work closely with our partners with the overall aim of improving
“The vast majority of drivers do comply with legislation however
there is a minority who continue to flout the law. This operation
has helped to identify a number of issues with taxis and their
drivers that could have potentially affected the safety of the
“We will continue to work with our partners to
tackle these types of offences.”
Councillor David Smith, Denbighshire’s Cabinet
Lead Member Public Realm, said: “These operations must send a clear
message to all taxi proprietors that Denbighshire, the Police and
VOSA are jointly committed to a course of action that will seek out
any vehicles that are not fit for purpose. This activity is also
designed to gain the confidence of the paying public who use such
vehicles and other road users.”