SIR - Once again a number of taxis have been inspected and a high proportion of vehicles have been found to be defective. One faulty car is one too many.

Every time taxis and their drivers are inspected in roadside checks this disgraceful state of affairs is repeated, instead of a slap on the wrist the cars and drivers should be banned for a number of years, permanently for the most serious offences. Many of the defects are for tyre and lighting faults which any competent driver can surely identify and have rectified immediately. No doubt the drivers would claim that the lights and tyres had failed seconds before being stopped .

If a truck or bus operator displayed such a complete disregard for safety they would lose their operators licence for good.

It will be too late once someone is badly maimed or killed.

Bryan Hanson, Busy Lane, Shipley