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Securing the safety of passengers in Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing team has been working with Derbyshire Police to make sure the public are safe when using Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.

Last Saturday, 18 June, a joint operation stopped 32 vehicles from a variety of local companies and independent operators to inspect their roadworthiness.

Of those inspected, police suspended six vehicles from carrying passengers until work was carried out to correct serious faults including defective tyres and insecure batteries.

The council’s enforcement officers will also deal with 36 breaches of the council’s Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing policy.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “The safety of the public is our number one priority.

“Our licensing policy requires Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles to undergo strict inspections twice a year.

“The most serious faults found during this enforcement operation were dealt with on the spot by police and were subsequently easily remedied.

"We will continue to work closely with operators throughout the year to ensure public safety and we’re pleased that the vast majority of drivers were complying with the rules.”

First published on 21 June 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017