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West Yorkshire Police check 40 taxis prompting 10 rectification notices for issues found

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West Yorkshire Police have set the wheels in motion for a safer summer on the roads of Dewsbury after seizing uninsured cars and compelling drivers to rectify unsafe vehicles.

The Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted a multi-agency day of action with partners in the Ravensthorpe area on Friday 21 July in which dozens of vehicles and taxis were checked.

Officers from the force's Roads Policing Team, Kirklees Taxi Licencing, DVLA and DVSA also took part in the operation.

A total of 40 taxis were checked by Kirklees Taxi Licensing with 10 given rectification notices for offences such as failure to maintain lights, failure to have a fire extinguisher and needing new door signs.

Of the other vehicles stopped, one motorist had a car seized for being uninsured while two drivers were given Fixed Penalty Notices for driving anti socially and for having bald tyres.

Seventeen drivers were also reported by the DVLA for having misrepresented number plates.

Inspector Liz Lockwood, of the Dewsbury NPT, said: “Officers had a really positive reaction from local residents they’ve spoken to in the operation with most drivers acknowledging the importance of our safety checks.

“We do of course carry out road safety activity day in and day out on our roads in Kirklees but days like these are an excellent opportunity for us to focus resources on the issue.

“I want to thank all our partners and our colleagues at the roads policing unit for all their support.”

She added: “We always encourage anyone who has concerns about a particular roads related issue in their community, such as speeding or poor parking, to contact their local neighbourhood policing team. All reports are looked into and allow us to plan future activity.”


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