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Wolverhampton Council continues crackdown on illegal number plates, this time at Manchester Airport


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In a recent operation at Manchester Airport, Wolverhampton Council's Licensing compliance officers, in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police, have been cracking down on illegal private hire vehicles (PHVs) number plates.


Utilising advanced infrared technology, the operation aimed to identify and address non-compliance among PHVs operating in the area.

This initiative follows a similar enforcement action undertaken in London earlier the same week, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL). The partnerships are part of a strategy designed to enforce cross-border taxi and PHV regulations effectively.


Cross-border hire regulations permit vehicles licensed in one jurisdiction, like Wolverhampton, to operate in another, which includes London and Manchester. However, while Wolverhampton-licensed PHVs are allowed to work in these cities, they are only required to meet Wolverhampton’s licensing standards and not those set by the local authorities in Manchester or London.

A City of Wolverhampton Council Licensing spokesperson said via social media: “Compliance Officers, in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, were at Manchester Airport yesterday, using Infrared technology, checking for illegal number plates on private hire vehicles.”


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