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Staffordshire Police seize PHV after driver found to only hold a provisional driving licence


Image credit: Staffordshire Police Roads Policing Unit

In a rigorous enforcement operation on Wednesday morning, Staffordshire Police's Roads Policing Unit collaborated with Stoke-on-Trent Council to scrutinise taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and vehicle standards in Stoke.


The crackdown led to several stops and checks to ensure compliance with local taxi regulations.

A notable incident from the operation involved a PHV being operated by a driver holding only a provisional licence and lacking the necessary insurance. This violation resulted in the vehicle being seized by the authorities.


An image of the vehicle was shared and showed the yellow PHV licensing plate affixed to the bumper of the black Toyota. Hackney Carriage taxis carry a white licensing plate in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

The spokesperson for the Staffordshire Police Roads Policing Unit highlighted the productive morning, saying: “Busy morning supporting Stoke on Trent Council stopping and enforcing Taxi licensing in Stoke and vehicle examinations.


“One taxi was being driven by a provisional licence holder and no insurance. Seized.”


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