Spot checks find 71% of taxis not fit for the road

A joint inspection of taxis in Nelson and Colne by the police and Pendle Council found 71% failed to pass the test. (S)
A joint inspection of taxis in Nelson and Colne by the police and Pendle Council found 71% failed to pass the test. (S)

Ten of 14 Pendle taxis failed a spot check after a joint inspection by Pendle Council enforcement officers and the police.

Seventy one per cent of the private hire and hackney carriages checked in Nelson and Colne last Friday had to be taken off the road immediately as they were found to be unsafe due to a variety of faults.

Only one of the 14 taxis was given the all clear. The remaining three required minor repairs but were allowed back on to the road.

Although a high number, the percentage is falling. In June last year, 93% of vehicles failed on a spot check with 77% failing in December 2015.

Pendle Council’s Executive voted to extend the upper age limit of taxis from nine to 11 years at its May meeting.

Coun. David Clegg, Chairman of the Taxi Committee, said: “We carried out a routine unannounced spot check on taxis in Nelson and Colne.

“The results were very disappointing again and 71% of vehicles failed.

“There is a continuing trend of poor maintenance of vehicles and we are exploring ways of reversing the trend.

“We will work with the taxi trade and seek ways of achieving better standards whilst at the same time continuing to carry out spot checks with the support of the police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.”

“Public safety in Pendle is paramount and these results must be improved.”

Sgt Shaun Pearson said: “Fourteen vehicles were examined by a VOSA mechanic. Due to various faults, 10 were immediately suspended and taken off the road.

“This is just another example of how we work with other agencies to help keep our roads safe.

“Taxi drivers are professional drivers and even if the vehicle they are driving is not their own, they need to take responsibility for ensuring that it is safe and meets the necessary standards.”