Updated: Oct 5
Taxi and private hire licensing officials in Liverpool have suspended two private hire vehicles from working after uncovering dangerously worn tyres today.
The findings come after an ongoing Liverpool City Council (LCC) compliance operation in and around the city centre.
Officials checking a LCC licensed Skoda minicab uncovered a heavily worn illegal tyre displaying white cords appearing through the rubber surface.
The driver has been reported for the offence and the vehicle suspended.
Licensing officials said: “There is no excuse for not checking your tyres regularly for your own safety and that of your customers.”
A second vehicle was suspended for a similar issue. A silver Kia private hire was originally pulled over due to incorrectly displaying its vehicle licence plate. Upon inspection, licensing officials also found a slick heavily worn tyre on the vehicle.
The driver has been reported.
The latest action comes after a number of private hire drivers, some licensed locally and some from other licensing authorities, were hit with tickets for a number of regulatory and driving offences,
A joint LCC and police, taxi and private hire enforcement venture, found a number of drivers in breach of regulations this week. These included failing to secure plates, failing to have visible door signs, parking at bus stops and obstruction of a highway.