Taxis in Burnley were targeted by licensing officers and police in a hard-hitting crackdown on unsafe vehicles in the run-up to Christmas.
Twenty-six taxis were suspended after being found to have two or more major faults while Burnley Borough Council’s licensing committee revoked the licences of two private hire operators and one hackney carriage driver and two other drivers received warnings for using defective vehicles.
Revellers are also being reminded that black cabs can be hailed in the street or from a hackney carriage rank while private hire taxis need to be pre-booked.
Principal licensing officer Mr Peter Henderson said: “There will be further operations targeting those private hire drivers who cruise the town centre and park in particular locations in an attempt to attract custom. I’d remind the public that any hackney carriage, that is a black cab, can be hailed in the street or accessed at a hackney rank without the need to be pre-booked.
“However, you do have to pre-book private hire vehicles. If you don’t and you simply get into a private hire car without booking their insurance will be invalid.”
The council’s Executive member with responsibility for taxis, Coun. Howard Baker, said: “The safety of hackney carriage and private hire drivers and passengers is our priority.
“There are some issues in relation to the proper maintenance of vehicles which we are addressing through our programme of targeted enforcement.
“I would like to reassure the public that the majority of drivers in this industry provide a valuable, safe service to their community and I would appeal to their customers to treat them with the respect they deserve.”
Fare Business, a newsletter published by the council, gives information about the taxi trade aimed at operators and members of the public and is available at Contact Burnley in Parker Lane or online at www.burnley.gov.uk/farebusiness