Ten of 17 taxis stopped in joint police and council operation found to be defective
TEN out of 17 taxis stopped in a joint police and local authority operation in Neath Port Talbot were found to have defects.
Officers from the South Wales Police Commercial Vehicle Unit, in conjunction with local authority taxi licensing officers, conducted safety checks on taxis on Friday night to ensure vehicles were fit to carry passengers.
Chief Superintendent Cliff Filer, head of specialist operations, said: "It is a cause for concern that 10 out of the 17 taxis stop-checked in Neath Port Talbot were issued with immediate prohibitions for various defects.
"These prohibitions were mainly for defective tyres and one private hire vehicle was found to have no fewer than three defective tyres.
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"The defective rate was nearly 60 per cent, which is quite alarming given the nature and scope of work these vehicles undertake on a daily basis."
The checks included lights, tyres, first aid kits and fire extinguishers, and the drivers were authenticated by checking their licence badges.
Chief Superintendent Filer added: "We regularly run taxi safety operations and it is unacceptable that some vehicles are not adequately maintained.
"It is unfair on the many law-abiding taxi operators who have to compete against others who use defective vehicles which put drivers, passengers and other road users in danger."