TAXI drivers who could be involved the town’s drug trade were also targeted in yesterday’s police crackdown.
Armed with a mobile drug testing machine, East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) licensing officers joined police officers to test taxis for evidence of drug use.
Swabs were taken from steering wheels, doors and other areas of the vehicle which were then tested for banned substances.
In yesterday’s crackdown, 11 taxi drivers were checked.
East Staffordshire Borough Council will take enforcement action against three drivers who were found to be driving without valid insurance, MOT or road tax.
Taxi driver Muhammad Riza, who had two defective tyres and no valid MOT certificate, said the police operations would raise awareness about the risks of driving un-roadworthy vehicles.
He said: “It is good that the police do these checks.
“Hopefully I will get my car fixed and running again.”
Councillor Robert Hardwick, deputy leader for regulator services for ESBC said: “The initiative gave our enforcement team an opportunity to work alongside the police to continue our effective partnership working.
“Taking a pro-active approach to enforcing the licensable conditions of taxis and private-hire vehicles and their drivers, there were only a few issues of concern which will be dealt with in due course.”