The roadworthiness of 45 taxis and private hire vehicles were checked as part of a one day operation carried out across Waverley, Woking, Guildford and Surrey Heath.
Officers from Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit, supported by the Guildford Safer Neighbourhood Team, Casualty Reduction Officers and Waverley Borough Council’s Licensing Team, launched Operation Carriage to check hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are roadworthy and that drivers are following the conditions set out by their licensing borough council.
PC Mark Russell from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Operation Carriage was launched to ensure that taxis and private hire vehicles used by the public are safe to use and roadworthy. On the day of the operation 45 vehicles were checked and a quarter were found to have defects ranging from a bald tyre to lighting problems. Other vehicles and their drivers were dealt with by their respective Borough Council Licensing Officers for breaches of council licensing regulations. One taxi was suspended for defects resulting in the driver having to report to the Licensing Officer to prove that the defects had been rectified.â€
PC Russell added: “We will be doing more of these random checks in the future as the operation proved to be a success and now the word is out there that we are actively ensuring the public’s safety when travelling in taxis and private hire vehicles.â€
Follow these tips from the Institute of Licensing to ensure you stay safe when using taxis and private hire vehicles:
Do not use a cab if: