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UNROADWORTHY TAXIS AND PHVS TARGETED IN ROAD SAFETY OPERATION IN NORTH YORKSHIRE


Poorly maintained taxis and PHVs have been taken off the road as part of a joint safety operation. According to North Yorkshire Police, fourteen out of 16 taxi and PHVs that were inspected were issued with legal notices. The drivers also had their taxi licence suspended. Faults included tyres that were so worn the inner cords were exposed, fuel leaks and doors that wouldn’t open. The defects were so unsafe that imme- diate prohibition notices were issued on seven of the 16 vehicles. Issues with brakes, wheel nuts,


exhausts suspension components were also found on a further seven vehicle during the vehicle inspections in York


at the weekend. They were issued with delayed prohibition notices. The vehicles were from various local authority areas, including York and West Yorkshire and were stopped by police on roads in York and taken to a DVSA inspection site. It was part of a joint road safety opera- tion involving North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, the DVSA and licensing enforcement officers from City of York Council and local authori- ties in West Yorkshire. Similar operations are planned in the near future.


PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER BANNED FOR TWO MONTHS AFTER UNDERCOVER POLICE OPERATION IN BRISTOL


A private hire driver has been banned for two months after illegally accepting a fare from undercover police to take them to Bristol Temple Meads station. According to ITV News, the driver, referred to as Mr K, had just clocked off and was not displaying the required ID badge or licence plate when the offi- cers asked for a lift. He told them to try the taxi rank but the undercover police said none were there and that they would miss their train, so he agreed to take them for £7. Mr K was eventually pulled over and admitted unlawfully plying for hire. At court he was issued with a £300 fine and six penalty points before being summoned to a closed session of Bris- tol City Council’s public safety and protection sub-committee. Councillors suspended his PH driver’s licence for two months instead of the usual six under the local authority’s policy after hearing he had a clean record and had received no complaints since becoming a taxi driver in 1995. The details of the meeting where the case was discussed were recently pub-


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lished. They say the driver, who holds a licence for both a PHV and a hackney carriage, was the subject of an under- cover test purchase on March 13. They added: “He thought he was help- ing someone who was in danger of missing a train but admitted he should not have charged them if this was a genuine act of charity. The officers had acted no differently to an ordinary member of the public and Mr K could


have refused to transport them. “The council takes a dim view of plying for hire, however, given that Mr K put forward strong mitigation and was very remorseful, the committee decided there were exceptional reasons to impose a shorter suspension of two months for the PH driver’s licence but to leave the hackney carriage driver’s licence intact, since hackney carriage drivers are permitted to ply for hire.”


BATH DRIVER LOSES LICENCE AFTER DRIVING WRONG WAY TOWARDS POLICE CAR


A taxi driver who drove the wrong way down the A419 towards a police car has been banned from the roads. According to the Swindon Advertiser, Mustaf Mursal, 35, from Bedminster sped down the opposite stretch of the dual carriageway between Cirencester and Cricklade on February 13. A police officer pursuing another vehicle caught him heading right towards him. After taking evasive action, the officer


arrested Mursal and took him into cus- tody. The motorist pleaded guilty to danger- ous driving and received an 18-month driving ban and an 18-month communi- ty order. He will have to do 120 hours of unpaid work, pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £95. Plus, Mursal will also have to pass an extended re-test when his disqualifica- tion ends.


AUGUST 2021


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