Blackburn taxi clampdown finds signage failings
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
A council crackdown on taxis in Blackburn found many would not pass an MOT.
Blackburn with Darwen Council undertook spot-checks on 41 private hire and hackney carriage vehicles and found many had serious safety failings, including inadequate door signs.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, only eight of the vehicles stopped last Friday night (February 11th) passed the inspection. 12 of the cars were pulled straight off the road and 21 were given seven-day improvement notices.
Alongside dangerous tyres and broken springs, the vehicles also had issues with signage, faulty lights and a lack of water in screen washers.
"The majority of the taxis had faults of one kind or another," councillor Dave Harling told the newspaper.
"Safety is paramount and it is crucial that taxi drivers ensure that their vehicles are kept in correct working order. Eight of the taxis passed the safety checks but so should all of them."
Last year, a similar operation in Greater Manchester found several taxis had poor signage, Rochdale Online reported.
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