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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Taxi crackdown sees more than FOUR HUNDRED drivers punished in a month

A crackdown on dodgy taxis in Liverpool has seen more than FOUR HUNDRED drivers punished in the last month. In November Liverpool City Council ordered nine cars off the road immediately and seven drivers were prosecuted in court. The most serious of these cases saw a driver fined close to £1,100 for driving without insurance and illegally plying for hire.

Council officials also handed 266 fixed penalty notices to the drivers of private cars who were parked illegally on taxi stands - taking up space reserved for hackneys. Operations in November by council officers and Merseyside Police identified drivers from Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral who were committing a range of offences. A total of 73 defect notices were issued to hackney and private hire drivers from Liverpool, while a further nine were ordered off the road immediately. Another 17 defect or suspension notices were issued to drivers from other authorities.

A further 37 drivers got written cautions for offences including cherry picking, tyre offences, failing to display their badge, parking a private hire on a hackney taxi stand and not having their plates firmly fixed on. Of the seven prosecuted drivers, six were private hire drivers and one was behind the wheel of a hackney.

Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “Our licensing staff are cracking down on those drivers who are flouting the law. We are on the side of those drivers who play by the rules, and are determined to make the playing field as level as it can be. “There are a very small minority who breach regulations, and we are committed to taking action and in doing so, send a clear message out that it is not acceptable. “Passengers should always ensure they only use properly licensed taxis or pre-book private hire vehicles, otherwise they are placing themselves in danger.”

The prosecutions are part of a series of measures being undertaken by the council and police to crack down on taxi and private hire drivers breaking the law. The council works with police officers who have been through a specialist taxi licensing course to help them spot vehicles that aren’t compliant with the law.

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Think you put this in the wrong section, more like News or possibly Licensing and Legal IMHO.

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