Police carry out taxi operation in Rugby town centre

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Taxis were checked during a late-night operation in Rugby town centre led by police.

Between 10pm on Friday February 28 and 1am on Saturday March 1 a joint operation into the safety and legality of taxis in Rugby was carried in Evreux Way.

The operation involved officers from the safer neighbourhood team at Rugby, the roads policing department and staff from the Rugby Borough Council licensing department.

During the operation a total of 35 hackney and private hire vehicles were stopped and checked - around one every five minutes.

Throughout the evening one taxi was issued a ticket for defective lights and tyres.

Another three vehicles were issued with warning tickets where faults were identified with the vehicle. Drivers are then given 14 days to get the faults fixed or they risk prosecution.

A number of drivers were found to be committing offences either for failing to wear their badge or failing to display their photographic ID (or both in some instances).

Badges must be worn and on display so that they are clearly visible to anyone wishing to see them.

The operation was organised by PC Rebecca Bailey from Rugby Town Safer Neighbourhood team in response to complaints from taxi drivers in Rugby who claimed drivers from other areas are coming to the area and using other drivers taxi licences.

PC Bailey said: “I am pleased with the way this partnership operation has been conducted. We take the safety of the travelling public very seriously and it is important that licensed drivers adhere to the law with regard to vehicle maintenance, tax and insurance to ensure the safety of all road users.

“We shall be organising more inspections in the near future and we will be taking firm action where vehicles are found not to be fully roadworthy. The same shall apply to those drivers who are found to be noncompliant, particularly where they fail to display the mandatory photographic ID notices or fail to wear ID badges.

“The results of the operation show the value of partnership working to increase the safety of road users, in this particular instance ensuring that the taxi and private hire vehicles operating in the Rugby area are safe and compliant with regulations. This has the benefit of increasing the professional standing of the vehicles, operators and drivers, and making them as safe as possible for their customers.

“Drivers who operate legally were positive about the police action and embraced the police presence with some taxi drivers voluntarily asking to get their vehicles and licences checked to ensure they were fully compliant with all the regulations.”