Police teamed up with three district councils and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to carry out checks on taxis in High Wycombe.

police teamed up with three district councils and the vehicle and operator services agency to carry out checks on taxis in high wycombe

The joint operation took place on Monday 15th May in co-ordination with Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils.

In total 46 private hire vehicles and 14 hackney carriage vehicles were stopped to ensure that they were complying with road safety regulations and standards set by the council.

Three vehicles were given immediate prohibitions by VOSA for defects including faulty indicators and shock absorbers and a loose battery. Four vehicles were given delayed prohibitions for cracked windscreens, worn tyres and seatbelt wear, which resulted in the responsible drivers having their licences suspended by the council.

Thames Valley Police issued two defect rectification notices and one fixed penalty notice to a driver for not wearing a seatbelt.

The councils dealt with 18 drivers for licensing offences, which included drivers not wearing ID badges, failing to display correct vehicle signage, having damaged vehicles and failing to have a fire extinguisher. Drivers were given warnings and seven days in which to rectify the defects identified or face further action.

PC Liz Johnson, Road Safety Officer for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, said, “This was a successful joint operation which removed a number of unsafe vehicles from the road.

“I would urge all drivers to check their tyres on a weekly basis and ask fare paying passengers to check that their driver has his licensing badge clearly visible.”

Private hire vehicles in Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks are required to display exterior signage which includes a rear licensing plate which must be fixed to the outside rear of the vehicle, a front licensing plate to be displayed in the windscreen and side door stickers stating ‘advanced bookings only’.

Private hire drivers and hackney carriage drivers are required to wear their driver ID badge and this must be visible to passengers. They are not allowed to smoke in their vehicles at any time and have to display ‘no smoking’ signs.