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Taxi licensing operation in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

As part of efforts to ensure safety for taxi passengers and drivers in Knowsley, a stop and check exercise was carried out last week.

Officers from the council’s Licensing Enforcement Team, working in partnership with the council’s Safer Communities Team and Merseyside Police, carried out the targeted road safety enforcement operation on Friday, 22 November.

Six licensed taxi drivers were stopped and screened at the roadside for drugs. One tested positive and he was arrested, whilst the other five tested negative.

A further vehicle was stopped and cannot operate as a licensed vehicle until safety defects have been rectified, whilst a further six vehicles were issued with defect notices for varying issues. Drivers will need to get the issues fixed and then report back to the Taxi Licensing team to confirm that remedial action has been taken.

The aim of the operation was to ensure vehicles on the road were safe to drive, along with drivers in charge of those vehicles being fit to drive.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson, said: “A priority for the council and partners is for both road users and passengers to be able to travel in safety.

“Defective vehicles can cause accidents and that’s why we will continue to take robust action against drivers who are responsible for vehicles that aren’t road worthy along with drivers themselves who can put other road users and passengers in danger. This is a great result through partnership working.”