12:50pm Thursday 26th May 2011
Three taxi drivers have been temporarily suspended from working following a taxi inspection on Saturday night.
The operation in Skipton involved North Yorkshire Police’s road policing group, Craven District Council’s taxi licensing officials and benefits officers.
Traffic Constable David Hunter said: “I am pleased to say that although there were a number of prosecutions for offences, overall we found a good standard of drivers and taxis operating in the town during the evening’s checks.
“It does concern me, however, that a significant number of taxi drivers were dealt with for speeding offences.”
No issues were found with 25 of the 33 vehicles that were stopped and examined.
However, other drivers received four vehicle defect rectification notices and six non-endorsable fixed penalty notices. Four also received endorsable fixed penalty notices for speeding and two drivers were placed on speed awareness courses.
Three drivers were temporarily suspended pending rectification of licensing issues.
Councillor Andy Quinn, who chairs the Council’s licensing committee, said: “The public can be confident that we will continue to be vigilant in the enforcement of safety standards.”
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