Four out of five taxis in Pendle failed the latest council spot check, new shock statistics show.
The newly published figures also revealed that 12 of the 16 taxi companies operating in the borough have had a high failure rate over the course of successive checks.
The number of vehicles failing a spot check has risen by 10% from a figure 71% at the previous time to 81% at the latest check.
Pendle Council has called a meeting on Tuesday, November with the taxi firms whose cars are persistently failing spot checks.
Coun. David Clegg, Chairman of the Taxi Licensing Committee, said: “The result of the last spot check was that 81% of vehicles had their licences suspended and were taken off the road.”
With the support of the police and the government’s Vehicle Operator Services Agency, Pendle Council carries out routine unannounced spot checks on taxis to make sure they are roadworthy and safe for our residents to use.
Coun. Clegg added: “We take a tough line with taxi companies who fail the test and we are keen to reverse this worrying downward trend.
“Whilst there are many Pendle taxi companies who maintain their vehicles to a good standard, there are several operators letting us all down.”
Pendle taxi companies who have had a high failure rate over successive checks are ACE, A-Line/Local, BCN, Crown/Greenline, Kings, Matrix, Metro, Street Cars, Superline, UK, Union and VIP.
The taxi companies which passed the test and have taken care of their vehicles are A1, C and E, SD Cars and Victors.
Coun. Clegg added: ”We are very concerned at the continual failure of vehicles associated with these companies.
“That’s why they must attend a meeting of the Taxi Licensing Committee this month to discuss the poor maintenance of their vehicles.
“We will discuss the implications of this for their operators’ licences.”