No smoking signs crackdown on Greater Manchester cabbies
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Taxi drivers in Greater Manchester have undergone a series of checks to ensure they are using legitimate vehicles and offering customers fair pricing.
A joint effort between the police and council licensing officers targeted over 38 cabbies in Littleborough, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Rochdale Online reports.
The presence of adequate signage, including no smoking signs, was checked, along with the validation of licence and insurance documents, meter readings and registration plates.
After assessing the vehicles at the council's environmental test site, 11 drivers had their licences suspended and 19 cars were found to have defects, including poor signage.
"Private hire vehicle operators need to ensure that they meet the legal requirements as outlined in the guidelines and the law," sergeant Daniel Shirazi, of the Rochdale North Neighbourhood Policing Team, told the newspaper.
"These drivers are entrusted with the safety of their passengers and by making their vehicles safe they are providing the best possible service for the public," he added.
From July 2007, smoking was banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces.
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