Forty per cent of Derby cabs fail roadside spot checks

Forty per cent of cab drivers stopped during a day of police roadside checks in Derby failed vehicle safety tests.

Five private hire cars and three hackney cabs out of 20 stopped on 24 March were deemed unroadworthy and had their taxi plates removed.

Vehicle faults included defective tyres, brakes, suspension and steering.

Drivers were also given prohibition orders preventing the use of their vehicles until fixed, or allowing them to drive the cars home for repairs.

Similar stop checks are being planned for later in the year.

Pc Lee Simpson said: "It was disappointing to find that so many taxis had defects that evening. We will continue to work in partnership with the council to crack down on defective taxis."

Chairman of Derby Area Taxi Association Javed Khan said: "These checks are there to reassure the public that taxis are safe, and generally Derby taxis are."

He added that he believed much of the damage to hackney cabs was a result of uneven road surfaces and potholes in the city centre.

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