Published on: 17/03/2017 07:39 AMReported by: roving-eye
Eleven private hire taxi drivers have appeared in court charged with a variety of offences following a crackdown .
It follows an operation before Christmas by council licensing officers and Merseyside Police which identified drivers from Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral who were trying to pick up passengers that hadn’t booked or were driving without insurance.
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Nine drivers who faced magistrates on Thursday 9 March were fined a total of £2,670 – and eight were given six penalty points on their driving licences. A further two have pleaded not guilty and their cases were adjourned for trial on 19 May.
Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “We want to make sure that our taxi industry is fair and we are determined to crack down on those drivers who are flouting the rules.
“Unfortunately there are a very small minority who breach regulations to make extra money and we are committed to taking action and in doing so, send a clear message out that it is not acceptable.
“Passengers should always ensure they only use properly licensed taxis or pre-book private hire vehicles, otherwise they are placing themselves in danger as they are not insured if there is an accident.”
The prosecutions are part of a series of measures being undertaken by the council and police to crackdown on taxi and private hire drivers breaking the law.
Last weekend (Saturday 11 March), 105 hackney and private hire vehicles were inspected – with more than half found to have faults that needed fixing.
A total of 16 were ordered off the road straight away for issues such as broken lights and seatbelts, while another 43 were told to repair issues such as damaged seats and bodywork within seven days.
The council has also recently put a number of police officers through a specialist taxi licensing course to help them spot vehicles which aren’t compliant with the law.
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the penpushers are stopping cheap plentifull taxis....the regs push up prices and reduce access for the customers....bring on uber cars and get rid of the regs then we will all use them
Rather than dodgy and cheap taxis I, along with most sensible people, would prefer safe, insured vehicles - driven by properly licenced drivers.
Originally Posted by torchwud
I can pay a bit more and wait a little while longer. Rock on penpushers.
About time legislation was put in place concerning the hours taxi drivers work, at the moment they can work 24/7 if they want putting public safety at risk
Second time in 20 seconds. Jesus Christ.
Originally Posted by torchwud
Driving a Hackney,or a Private Hire is NOT like wagon/truck driving,as they do not drive long hours like long distance drivers do,and certainly could not drive 24/7 as that would be impossible,a Hackney or a PH is a stop start job,whereas they may drive for a few hours,not continually driving,and will have breaks inbetween from driving during a shift,while waiting for their next job.And for example,some may start work from 6.00am up to 20.00pm,with breaks,others may work from later times,and then have a couple of hours off,before they come out again in the evening.Hence truck or wagon drives cabs being fitted with a Tachograph as they DO drive continually,sometimes driving from one end of the country to the other in a single shift.
Originally Posted by fairhaven
As for Uber drivers,with all the recent reports of the behaviour in the news of some their drivers,it amazes me that people would want to use them in this country.
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