TEN Solihull taxi drivers were cautioned during a joint operation by Solihull Council and West Midlands Police for driving defective vehicles or failing to comply with their licensing requirements.
On the evening of Friday July 31, drivers were stopped at random by police officers and special constables and sent to an inspection area in Poplar Road, where Solihull Council’s licensing officers carried out further checks.
Out of 39 private hire and Hackney Carriages ten drivers were given a formal caution. Seven of these had to have their cars taken off the road, as two of them did not have their identity badge with them, four had defective lights and one had no spare tyre. Eight minor defects were also pointed out to drivers.
“It is of some concern that a quarter of drivers seen had committed an offence requiring a licensing officer caution. I hope this operation will send out a clear message to all taxi drivers to be responsible. We take the safety of the travelling public very seriously and are following up a number of matters with the drivers and operators concerned,” said Chief Superintendent Carl Foulkes.
Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for safter communities, added, “We are listening to people’s concerns and want them to feel they can use Hackney Carriage taxis or private hire cars with confidence.”