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Only three South Cambridgeshire taxis from nineteen pass compliance checks

Updated: May 5


Image credit: South Cambridgeshire District Council

A targeted operation by South Cambridgeshire District Council, in collaboration with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, recently unveiled a series of non-compliance issues among taxi drivers in Cambridge. The enforcement action was aimed at enhancing vehicle safety and ensuring adherence to strict licensing regulations.


Authorities stopped a total of 19 taxis in an effort to inspect the display of driver badges and essential vehicle markings. Checks were also conducted to ensure that all vehicles were equipped with mandatory safety equipment, including first-aid kits and fire extinguishers.

The operation was partly triggered by recurring grievances from residents about taxis parking on double yellow lines around Addenbrookes Hospital. Patrols confirmed parking breaches involving three vehicles, with one notably found on double red lines next to a prominently placed “no parking at any time” sign.


Identified issues extended beyond parking issues. Several taxis had drivers without visible identity badges or lacking the required door signage. More severe safety concerns were noted in four taxis where the tyre tread depth was below the legally acceptable limit, prompting immediate suspension of their vehicle licences until the tyre issues were resolved.


In another notable enforcement action, one driver was instructed to remove a large, heavy torch secured to the side of his seat, identified as a potential offensive weapon. Officials warned that any recurrence would lead to arrest. Another vehicle faced potential suspension for non-compliant aftermarket window tints, which are prohibited under the current regulations for taxis in South Cambridgeshire. This vehicle is slated for a follow-up inspection at the Council offices to ensure compliance.

At the end of the operation, only three of the 19 inspected taxis were deemed fully compliant with all regulations. The remaining vehicles were either issued advisory letters or had penalty points levied against their council-issued licences.


Cllr Henry Batchelor, Lead Cabinet Member for Licensing for South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It was quite concerning that out of the 19 vehicles checked only three had no issues and were fully compliant. It is vital we carry out checks like this to ensure taxi drivers and their vehicles are complying with the law and with required standards of safety and service.


‘We will continue with regular spot checks as being compliant with policy is a requirement, not an option. Moreover, it is necessary for both the driver and the passenger's safety and protection. Granting a taxi license is not merely a formality; it's an essential tool to help safeguard our community's journeys."

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