Scottish taxi enforcement operation oversees fifty vehicle and licence checks

Police Scotland has conducted a large scale taxi enforcement operation by checking multiple vehicles across the north east of Scotland.

On Saturday 28 December, officers stopped 50 vehicles in Aberdeen and throughout Aberdeenshire to check driver licences and whether the taxi was roadworthy.

The enforcement initiative prohibited one taxi from operating due to problems with their taxi licence.

‘Several’ other cabbies were given a warning by police officials regarding minor issues.

The Licensing Committee in Aberdeen set a number of strict rules and regulations to maintain standards within the taxi industry. There is currently a cap on the number of taxi licences in the city set at 1,079 drivers.

Taxis in Aberdeen display a numbered identification plate at the rear. The majority of the plates displayed are yellow and are for City zoned taxis. There are also 147 airport zoned taxis which display a green plate.

A Scotland Police North East Division spokesperson said via social media: “On Saturday 28 December 2019, Police Scotland Road Policing Officers conducted a Taxi initiative in Aberdeen City and Shire, whereby 50 taxis were stopped and checked.

“All of the vehicles stopped and checked were found to be roadworthy and carrying the required equipment.

“One taxi was prohibited from operating due to an issue with their taxi licence. Several other drivers were warned regarding minor issues.”

Image credit: Police Scotland North East Division (Facebook)

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