Illegal tyres leads to 4 taxi and private hire vehicle suspensions by Liverpool Licensing team

Taxi and private hire vehicle checks by Liverpool City Council Licensing has once again highlighted issues with illegal tyre usage.

During 48 hours of active roadside checks, three private hire drivers and one hackney carriage licensed taxi driver were handed vehicle suspensions for driving on tyres which were under the legal tread limit.

None of the three private hire drivers were licensed by Liverpool City Council. Two of the vehicles were plated by Sefton, with the third licensed in Wirral.

The hackney carriage driver was, of course, licensed by Liverpool City Council, as traditional taxis are unable to cross-border to pick up work.

The first Sefton private hire driver was suspended after checks revealed both front tyres were below the legal tread limit and the driver admitted the vehicle had driven 3000 miles since the tyres were last checked.

The second Sefton private hire driver was originally pulled aside because the vehicle's plate was seen to be affixed with velcro. On further inspection, two of the car's tyres were seen to be in an illegal condition, both with cords exposed.

Both the hackney carriage driver and Wirral licensed private hire driver were found to have one tyre each on their vehicle which was below the legal tread limit.

All drivers were reported and could now face prosecution.

Image credit: Twitter - @lcc_licensing

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