Suspensions for taxi drivers during evening spot check in Banbury

Three taxi drivers in Banbury and Bicester had their licences suspended
Three taxi drivers in Banbury and Bicester had their licences suspended

A number of taxi drivers had their licences suspended as they were spot checked in Banbury on Friday night.

Cherwell District Council licensing officers and Thames Valley Police traffic officers stopped 38 cars in Banbury and Bicester over the weekend.

Andrew McHugh, conservative MP NNL-160927-105246001

Andrew McHugh, conservative MP NNL-160927-105246001

85 per cent of drivers were properly following the conditions of their licences but three had their licences suspended and others were given advice.

The suspensions were for a non-roadworthy tyre, incorrect display of a licence plate and a missing roof light.

The operation was run as part of the Departure Zone campaign, which aims to keep revellers safe on festive nights out, and in support of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Christmas and New Year Drink-Drive Campaign.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, executive member with responsibility for licensing, said: “We advise people travelling by taxi in our district to check that the vehicle is carrying a white or green council plate to the rear and that the driver is displaying his photo ID inside the car.

“They can then enjoy their journey in the knowledge that their driver has been through our rigorous checks and training.”

Council officers checked the vehicles’ plates matched the drivers’ registration documents and that the latter were up to date.

They also ensured hackney meters were sealed and roof lights switched on as well as offering advice to drivers on a range of other faults, including no-smoking signs, a faulty front bumper and minor faults with indicator lights.

The council plans to run further spot-checking operations at regular intervals over the coming months.

The Departure Zone roadshow continues on Parsons Street and Market Place in Banbury on Saturday.

Council and police officers will be offering freebies and tips on topics such as illegal tobacco, drinks spiking, and the dangers of underage drinking.