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Council checks cabs for safety and cleanliness

Published Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Those using taxis in East Northamptonshire can be sure of a safe and clean ride thanks to spot-checks by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and partners.

ENC recently teamed up with Northants Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), for a joint working exercise, known as a ‘taxi op.’

18 taxis were asked to pull over for a roadside check to make sure the vehicles were clean and carried safety equipment like fire extinguishers and booster seats.

The vehicles were then sent to Rushden’s Park Road Motors where DVSA mechanics did an MOT-type roadworthy test.

The op was arranged by a police officer from the East Midlands Operational Support Services and took place in Rushden at ENC’s request.

Rita Groves, Licensing Enforcement Officer at ENC, said: “We take public safety very seriously here at the council and so we’re glad to be working proactively with the police and DVSA to ensure our residents and visitors can travel safely around East Northants. I’m pleased the op was so well received by both drivers and operators.”