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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:56 am 
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Routine article about spot checks, but as usual these can be framed as either good or bad news. A couple of minor interesting details, though (see below) and I'm not sure what an 'Accrington taxi fault' in the headline is :badgrin:


Accrington taxi faults picked up in half of vehicles tested

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire- ... p-21848558

Hyndburn Borough Council taxis have been spot checked with half of those inspected reporting faults

A Hyndburn taxi safety operation has found that only half of the vehicles tested had no faults.

The routine checks were carried out last month by Hyndburn Borough Council licensing officers, with the support of police and mechanics.

In an email neighbourhood alert, PC Graham Hartley said 12 council vehicles were checked, of which six had no faults.

But one was served with immediate prohibition, four had delayed faults, and one section 68 notice (fitness of private hire vehicles) was issued.

PC Hartley said: “This was a very good example of partnership working to ensure that members of local community who use HBC taxis can be assured that the vehicle that they are getting into are fit and safe for purpose.”

In a statement, a council spokesperson said: “Only one vehicle exhibited a serious fault and was issued with a suspension notice by the Council and a prohibition notice from VOSA.

“Other vehicle faults reported were either corrected at the time, or indicated by dashboard notifications and scheduled to be fixed at the earliest opportunity.

“Examples included an advisory notice for a tyre and for another vehicle, a small amount of rust. The safety of Hyndburn residents and our taxi drivers is something we take very seriously and we will continue to ensure our vehicles are correctly maintained.”


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:57 am 
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“Other vehicle faults reported were either corrected at the time, or indicated by dashboard notifications and scheduled to be fixed at the earliest opportunity."

So some of the 'faulty' cars could be repaired on the spot, or were just dashboard warning lights, which could be something as minor as a bulb out.

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“Examples included an advisory notice for a tyre and for another vehicle, a small amount of rust."

Unusual to see a 'small amount of rust' reported in checks like this, at least in press reports.

Anway, looks like only one of the vehicles tested had a serious fault, and the headline and article could have been reframed accordingly.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:30 pm 
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How many taxis have garage mechanics on hand able to fix faults at a moments notice :roll:

they do have other work to do and if the fault is minor well

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:43 pm 
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But how many of those minor faults have been flagged up on the dashboard for weeks and ignored by the driver?

Lighting defects are "absolute" offences, either the light works or it doesn't. that the bulb has "just failed" is not an excuse. If the driver can change the bulb, then the police are unlikely to take action. there were certain cabs in my area running round with defective headlamps for weeks.


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