Thames Valley Police (TVP) and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) worked together on the weekend of Saturday 20th September 2014 to carry out routine checks on taxis and private hire vehicles working in Aylesbury town centre.
The aim of the operation was to identify if any vehicles or the drivers were contravening any laws or licence requirements, such as failing to maintain their vehicles or not displaying their taxi badge.
The results of the operation are:
- Seven drivers were issued with warnings for a variety of issues such as not wearing their badge, an expired fire extinguisher and having no first aid kit.
- One vehicle was taken off the road because it had no valid tax.
- Two fixed penalty notices were issued in relation to two vehicles with defective lights.
TVP and AVDC have an ongoing plan to raise standards among the private hire trade and a number of partner agencies and local operators are helping us to ensure a fully inclusive and supportive process.
AVDC Licensing Manager Peter Seal said: ‘The new ‘Fare4All’ scheme was launched this month with the support of many taxi and private hire companies. It is sad that in the same month we still find others letting the side down.‘
Insp Kelly Glister added: ‘We will continue to work with the licensing team and operators to deliver a service to the community that we can all be proud of. This will include enforcement operations to ensure compliance of licensing expectations and motor vehicle legislation.‘