A RECENT spot check of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles in Reading found 13 vehicles with defects – less than half the number stopped.
The operation, held jointly between Thames Valley Police, DVSA and Reading Borough Council, took place in the early evening of 27 April 2017 for approximately two hours. During this time 34 vehicles were pulled over for spot checks with 13 of them having defects identified, or failing to comply with the terms of the licences.
Defects were found in nine of the vehicles ranging from issues relating to bodywork, and poor maintenance of vehicles, to failing to display the required identification or insurance.
In addition there was one prohibition notice issued by the DVSA to a vehicle for the imminent failure of its power steering. Three vehicles have also had their licences suspended under the Local Government (Misc.) Act, 1976 Section 68 for inaccurate taximeters.
Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, Councillor Paul Gittings, said:
“Regular spot checks, like this one, allow us to continue to work closely with operators to ensure that vehicles are maintained to the high standard that we expect in Reading.
“They also allow us to reassure the passengers who travel in these vehicles that they are safe and legal.”