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Taxi and private hire vehicles stopped in night time Lincolnshire crackdown

Officers from North East Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police have carried out a night time crackdown on local taxis and private hire vehicles ahead of Christmas.

A total of 15 random road side spot check inspections were carried out last week, with 5 faults being identified.

The council say inspections are frequently carried out and especially ahead of busy periods to assess the condition of vehicles, insurance, check that the correct signage is displayed, and that the driver has their ID badge visible.

During the evening, the following findings were made:

  • One Hackney Carriage vehicle roof light found to not be working.

  • Two Hackney Carriage vehicles required tariff cards.

  • One Private Hire driver issued with a ticket for parking on yellow zig zag lines.

  • One Hackney Carriage vehicle found with a cracked wing mirror.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Throughout the year we carry out routine random inspections of our local taxis to make sure that they are maintained and up to a high standard.

“Christmas time can be a particularly busy time for taxi drivers, and the majority care very well for their vehicles and their passengers. As this evening showed, we have a high rate of compliance.

“Drivers also undergo annual inspections but these random spot checks allow us to ensure standards are continually being met.”

Under current COVID restrictions, passengers are required to wear a face covering when using a taxi or private hire vehicle to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“I know that people might be a bit fed up of COVID restrictions now but it’s really important that people take measures to protect themselves and others,” added Councillor Shepherd.


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