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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:40 am 
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Interesting example of 'churnalism'.

The newspaper has simply rehashed the council's press release, which is hardly unusual, but they've gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick, so the article ends up a tad misleading :-s


Taxi taken off the road after inspections in Burton

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton ... ns-3742932

Officers visited 35 premises in the town

A Burton taxi company has had one of its cars taken off the road after council inspectors found it was breaking regulations.

Licensing and enforcement officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council were carrying out a series of unannounced inspections at 35 of the licenced taxi premises in and around Burton town centre, when they made the discovery.

The officers, who were accompanied by Councillor Bernard Peters, deputy leader for regulatory and community support, were inspecting a number of taxis operating in the town centre to ensure vehicles were complying with the stringent conditions they operate under.

However, one vehicle was found to be breaching conditions by failing to display the taxi licence plates issued by the local authority and was taken off the road there and then until the breach was rectified, said a spokesman for the authority. The firm has not been named.

Councillor Peters said after the incident: "I fully support this initiative; officers from the licensing and enforcement teams regularly inspect licensed premises and licensed vehicles to ensure compliance.

"Safety of the public is of paramount importance for those visiting premises and the travelling public.

"On behalf of the council, I would like to thank all that were compliant and remind any licence holders to ensure that they are aware of and adhere to any conditions of their licence."

The inspections, which took place during the evening on November 2.

Some minor issues were identified on other vehicles and officers have already addressed these with the firm's licence holders ahead of further compliance inspections.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:41 am 
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Licensing and enforcement officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council were carrying out a series of unannounced inspections at 35 of the licenced taxi premises in and around Burton town centre, when they made the discovery.

Thought 35 premises seemed a huge amount for at town the size of Burton-on-Trent.

And all they found was one cab not displaying its plates - not even an unlicensed cab, simply not displaying the plates, but the looks of it.

So had a look for the council's press release. And, lo and behold, the 35 licensed premises inspected that night seem to be pubs and clubs, I'm assuming. And they also had a look at a few cabs while they were at it, and found one without plates.

But the paper has put two and two together (the premises inspections and the taxi spot-checks) and come up with five (that it was taxi premises that were inspected).

Council still seems to be making a bit of a meal out of the undisplayed plates, but not nearly as much as the newspaper makes it sound [-(


Licensing and Enforcement Initiative in Burton Town Centre

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/es-news/ ... own-centre

On the evening of the 22 November 2019 Licensing and Enforcement Officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council together with Councillor Bernard Peters, the Deputy Leader for Regulatory and Community Support, carried out a series of unannounced inspections at 35 of the licenced premises in and around Burton town centre.

The purpose of the Inspections was to ensure licenced premises were in compliance with their licence conditions. Some minor issues were identified and officers have already addressed these issues with the premises licence holders prior to further compliance inspections.

At the same time officers inspected a number of taxis operating in the town centre to ensure vehicles were complying with the stringent conditions they operate under - designed to protect and reassure the general public. As a result one vehicle was identified as having a breach of licence conditions for failing to display the licence plates issued by the local authority and was taken off the road by officers until this breach was rectified.

Cllr Bernard Peters said: “I fully support this initiative, officers from the Licensing and Enforcement teams regularly inspect licensed premises and licensed vehicles to ensure compliance. Safety of the public is of paramount importance for those visiting premises and the travelling public.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all that were compliant and remind any licence holders to ensure that they are aware of and adhere to any conditions of their licence.”


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