Spot-checks carried out on taxis in East Northants

Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes
Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes

A series of spot-checks have been carried out on taxis in the East Northamptonshire area.

East Northamptonshire Council recently teamed up with Northamptonshire Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), for a joint working exercise, known as a ‘taxi op.’

A total of 18 taxis were asked to pull over for a roadside check to make sure the vehicles were clean and carried safety equipment like fire extinguishers and booster seats.

The vehicles were then sent to Rushden’s Park Road Motors where DVSA mechanics did an MOT-type roadworthy test.

The operation was arranged by a police officer from the East Midlands Operational Support Services and took place in Rushden at the council’s request.

Rita Groves, licensing enforcement officer at East Northants Council, said: “We take public safety very seriously here at the council and so we’re glad to be working proactively with the police and DVSA to ensure our residents and visitors can travel safely around East Northants.

“I’m pleased the op was so well received by both drivers and operators.”