Officers from Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police were left shocked after a day of private hire compliance checks resulted in 10% failing to meet relevant legislation.
Officers from Surrey's Divisional Support Unit (DSU) and Metropolitan Police Roads Transport Policing Command (RTPC) were deployed in Reigate & Banstead to conduct roadside checks on private hire vehicles to ensure licence compliance and to make sure they were not being used for criminality.
Surrey Police have confirmed that during the day officers recovered class A and Class B drugs during searches and reported 4 drivers for having no insurance and 1 driver for driving without a licence.
A spokesperson for the force said: "Shockingly, out of all the private hire vehicles stopped, 10% were not complying with the relevant legislation including a number of vehicle defects.
"They will be dealt with by Transport for London (TfL)."