On the spot safety tests for taxis

Posted on Friday 1st December 2017

A joint operation by Newport City Council’s licensing team and Gwent Police saw 89 taxi and private hire vehicles tested for safety.

This continues a number of night time and day time inspections undertaken by the council and police over the last 12 months.

This figure of 89 vehicles represents 10 per cent of the city’s current ‘taxi’ fleet. Of this number only three vehicles failed the test due to faulty tyres. This amounted to just 3.4 per cent of the total inspected.

The council is pleased with this result and demonstrates an improvement in the “taxi” fleet. The officers also appreciated the positive feedback from members of the public who were stopped as part of the operation.

The Licensing Authority and Gwent Police will be conducting further inspections over the festive period, to ensure vehicles are fit for purpose.

Councillor Ray Truman, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for Licencing and Regulation said he was pleased at the inspection result.

He said: “We are confident that this joint operation ensures that taxis licenced by us are fit for purpose and safe to pick up passengers.

“I’m glad the public appreciate the work that is being done during this operation which will continue up to Christmas.”

 The council’s licenced taxis were recently featured on BBC X-Ray programme which looked at accessible taxis for disabilities.

Newport City Council was recognised by the programme as being one of only eight authorities out of 22 in Wales fully complying with the Equality Act 2010.

The council encourages members of the public to report incidents where wheelchair accessible taxis have refused  a passenger in a wheelchair.

All vehicles display a rear plate that clearly identifies to the authority the vehicle and driver in question.  To make a complaint regarding a driver or vehicle please call Newport City Council on 01633 656 656.

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