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Latest taxi safety checks in Sandwell

Published 12th September 2017

Taxi checks

The latest spot checks on taxis operating in Sandwell found 17 out of 19 vehicles met all legal requirements.

The council’s taxi licensing team is carrying out checks to make sure vehicles, drivers and passengers are safe.
 
Taxi licensing officers and MOT testers from the council, West Midlands Police and DVSA joined forces to check on sixteen vehicles on the evening of Friday (8 September).
 
All but two of the 19 vehicles checked throughout the day were given a clean bill of health.
 
One Sandwell Council licensed Hackney Carriage was issued with an immediate prohibition notice due to a problem with a brake sensor. The vehicle’s licence plates were surrendered until the issue is fixed and the vehicle undergoes a new MOT.

A private hire vehicle licensed by City of Wolverhampton Council was also issued with a prohibition notice for two defective tyres.
 
The team also assisted the police in a road safety operation in West Bromwich earlier in the day. Although the checks were not aimed at taxi drivers, two private hire taxis and a Hackney Carriage were brought in for checks and no issues were found.
 
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan said: “It’s good to see that the vast majority of the vehicles stopped met all of the regulations – these checks are so important to make sure passengers are safe.”