Four drivers have been suspended in the latest crackdown on unsafe taxis in Denbighshire.
Police and council officers say 46 cabs were stopped and checked in the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Denbigh areas during a three-month joint operation. It follows a warning from the local authority to avoid unlicensed taxis during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Denbighshire County Council said the four drivers were immediately banned because of potentially dangerous defects, filthy conditions and significant damage in their cars.
Another seven drivers were given a deferred suspension for less serious matters and told to fix their problems within a short period. Other drivers were given advice and guidance.
Sergeant Mark Jones from the Prestatyn-based Safer Neighbour Policing Team said: ”All car owners, particularly those who carry fare paying passengers, have a responsibility and duty of care to keep their passengers safe. It’s very likely this operation will be repeated and so I’d ask the public for their help and if they have any concerns about the roadworthiness of any vehicle to contact North Wales Police.”
Last week, the council advised passengers to ensure they recognised unlicensed taxis from licensed ones during the party season – all vehicles are identified by individually numbered plates front and back with a roof sign on hackney carriage vehicles. All drivers also carry ID badges.
Councillor David Smith said: ”Don’t let a good night out be ruined by an unlicensed taxi. Always book in advance or make sure you have the number of several local taxi firms stored in your mobile phone before going out. Before getting in a taxi ensure the driver knows the destination and always sit in the back. Make sure that you’re picked up and dropped off somewhere familiar and well lit, however if you feel uneasy with the driver ask him to stop at a busy, familiar place and get out.”