Taxi Enforcement Operation with Denbighshire County CouncilPhotograph of a police radio

09/11/2012

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 road safety.

 

“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 travelling public.

 

“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.”

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