A MULTI-agency initiative has targeted taxi drivers and their vehicles in Burton.
The scheme carried out in the town on Friday, August 23 by East Staffordshire Borough Council in partnership with Staffordshire Police officers, the police licensing team, VOSA and HMRC.
Out of the 21 vehicles checked, 19 of which were licensed by the borough council, five vehicles were found to be in breach of council policy.
This ranged from no door panels/plate on vehicles to no fire extinguisher, for which appropriate enforcement action will be taken.
Five vehicles, four being licensed by the borough council, were given delayed prohibitions for a range of vehicle faults by VOSA and one further vehicle was given an advisory notice.
HMRC, the police and police licensing - which was swabbing for drug transfer as part of the ongoing Operation Nemesis – found no issues.
Councillor Julia Jessel, deputy leader of the borough council, said: “This scheme shows the council’s commitment to ensuring that the licensed taxi drivers and firms are complying with the laws that we and the police have in place. We take the legislation very seriously and we expect taxi drivers to do the same.”