Unannounced spot checks on Banbury cabs revealed a number of transgressions from insurance details to identity badges for drivers.
Cherwell District Council’s licensing officials were out with Thames Valley Police officers in a joint operation on Friday, June 24, to check that taxi drivers complied with current standards they are bound to observe.
The operation covered four hours, from 8pm to midnight and stopped 17 vehicles.
They checked vehicles’ plates matched drivers’ registration documents and that the latter were up-to-date. They also ensured Hackney meters were sealed and roof lights switched on. A small number was found in breach of conditions.
Officers stopped 17 vehicles. Although the majority of drivers were fully compliant, a small number were found in breach of conditions.
Breaches ranged from failing to display or carry driver badges to out-of- date insurance details. Drivers were issued with warnings and appropriate follow-up action taken.
Councillor Tony Ilott, said: “We take licensing of our taxi drivers incredibly seriously and it is one of our top priorities to ensure all drivers are fully compliant and properly licensed.
“Cherwell is committed to ensuring its residents feel as secure and comfortable as possible when travelling by taxi. This operation was a big success and we will be running more like it alongside our police partners.
“The vast majority of Cherwell’s drivers know it is in everyone’s best interests.
“We are also consulting on the introduction of a new policy attaching further conditions to taxi licences.”