POLICE took 14 cabs off the road during a crackdown on defective vehicles last month.
The aim of the exercise was to target unsafe taxis with nearly 100 inspected during the two-day exercise.
Most of the defective cabs had illegal tyre treads, while others were found to have faulty headlights.
Sgt Martin Williams said: “We’re not vilifying taxi drivers, rather closing-in on those who choose not to make the roadworthiness of their vehicle a priority.
“A balding tyre may sound innocuous but at this time of year, given the hazardous driving conditions, it’s one of the most serious defects a car can have.
“It’s frightening seeing some drivers, whose cars are running on bald tyres, struggling to maintain control.”
Of the cabs which were searched, a further 13 had minor faults and three cabbies are being investigated by fraud officers.
The two-pronged operation included spot checks in Solihull town centre and scheduled inspections at the council offices.
Bizarrely some of the vehicles taken along to the scheduled checks were still defective.
Police worked closely with Solihull Council’s licensing office and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
Coun Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We will continue to work together and to raise standards within the taxi trade for the benefit of the travelling public, and also for the good reputation of the many licensed drivers who do a good job and who offer a valuable service.”