Worn tyres witnessed in Scarborough taxi clamp down

23rd April 2012

Worn tyres were chief among the problems witnessed by police during a recent clamp down on taxis in the Scarborough region.

A total of 28 taxi vehicles were checked as part of the operation, with just 12 given a clean bill of health to continue operating.

Worn brake pads and tyres were chief among the problems registered, with oil leaks and damaged exhaust systems also discovered during the exercise.

Police teamed up with members of Scarborough Council to conduct the examinations, with  drivers' licenses also put under close scrutiny to ensure they fell in line with government legislation.

One fixed penalty notice was issued as part of the operation, with a further nine drivers cautioned for faults that would required attention from a tyre fitting or MOT centre in the near future.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, councillor Brian Watson said: “It’s always disappointing when any vehicles are identified with defects.

“While we still witnessed some unacceptable defects, the persons responsible will have been dealt with accordingly," he said.

The move follows a similar clampdown in Suffolk, with police urging drivers to ensure MOT certificates were up to date.

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