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"HIGH VOLUME" of Wolverhampton licensed PHV drivers working in Derby underwent enforcement checks

Updated: May 8, 2022

Image credit : Twitter @DerbyshireRPU

A number of private hire drivers underwent enforcement checks in Derby, with a high volume of the drivers and vehicles actually licensed by Wolverhampton City Council.

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit took to the streets of Derby on 30 April, to conduct roadside safety checks on licensed private hire drivers and vehicles.

In total, 24 licensed vehicles were checked, with a high volume of those licensed by another licensing authority, most notably Wolverhampton.

The force were quick to point out that it is "perfectly legal" for drivers to travel from one licensing authority to another to operate as a private hire driver.

But the checks did result in two drivers have their badges removed due to non-compliance with regulations. Details of what offences resulted with immediate licence removal were not revealed.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Another excellent evening of private hire vehicle enforcement with Wolves Council in Derby.

Image credit : Twitter @DerbyshireRPU

"High volume of Wolves badged drivers and cars in the city, which is perfectly legal. 24 cars checked with 2 badges removed due to non-compliance with regulations. Safeguarding. Taxi checks."

Twitter users took to the feed to have their say on why so many drivers choose to get licensed in Wolverhampton, yet work in other areas.

One user said: "Private hire drivers everywhere are getting their badges from Wolves because they're the cheapest to get them from, apparently.

"Councils should only issue to vehicles registered in their area, in my opinion."


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