Taxi companies putting passengers at risk - councillor

PUBLISHED: 17:26 23 January 2012

Councillor Baker said the record was 'shocking'

Councillor Baker said the record was 'shocking'

Archant

'SHOCKING' taxi maintenance is putting passengers' safety at risk according to one North Somerset councillor.

Nearly half of taxis recently inspected in Weston have been found to have some sort of defect and several have been ordered off the road, it has been revealed.

On the spot checks carried out by Avon and Somerset police, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and North Somerset Council found extensive damage to some vehicles.

Of the 30 taxis stopped, 43 per cent had a problem, including bodywork damage or obscured vision by sat-navs and three of them were ordered off the road by inspectors due to tyre, brake or taximeter defects.

Councillor Felicity Baker, who is responsible for taxi licensing, said the record was ‘shocking’.

She said: “When we get in a taxi we should be confident that the vehicle we are travelling in is road worthy and safe. These spot checks show that this often isn’t the case.

“We would urge licensed operators to ensure their vehicles are in good condition and are not posing a threat to people’s safety.”

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