Warning to taxi drivers over safety of vehicles

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TAXI drivers who fail to properly maintain their vehicles are being warned that they face losing their licence.

Four cabbies had their licences confiscated at the weekend during a West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council operation in the Keighley, Bingley and Shipley areas.

In total, the team stopped 27 cars and immediately suspended the licences of two drivers in Keighley, one in Bingley and another in Shipley after finding serious vehicle defects such as bald tyres and light failures.

Seven drivers were given advisory notices for minor offences and three Fixed Penalty Notices were also issued.

The checks followed on from an Operation Northdale, a night time safety initiative in December in which police stopped a number of vehicles to ensure they were driving legally.

Police are continuing the checks this year as part of ongoing efforts to help reassure residents that they can expect a safe service from the taxis they use.

They also form part of a wider road safety initiative in Keighley over the course of the year to try and improve the standard of cars and driving on the area’s roads.

Acting Inspector Craig Marshall, of the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The majority of our taxi drivers are perfectly law abiding but through these initiatives we want to send a message to those who do operate outside the law that we are monitoring the roads and will take action against those who operate illegally.

“Residents who use taxis have a right to expect a safe service in a vehicle which fully complies with the law and we are doing all we can to ensure that is the case.”

The Acting Inspector added: “More operations are in the planning stage and anyone who has information about the use of unlawful vehicles in the Keighley area is welcome to contact us at the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”