Cabbies warned about vehicles after crackdown

John Hones

John Hones

First published in News

CLACTON cabbies have been warned about the standard of their vehicles and one was even taken off the road after being found to be unsafe.

A number of taxis were found to be unsafe during a crackdown.

Tendring Council’s licensing officers joined forces with police and Essex County Council for a campaign tackling poor driving, as well as the standards of taxis and scrap metal collectors. During the day-long purge, officers carried out checks at locations across the town.

Paul Honeywood, Tendring Council’s interim leader, said the taxis were checked to ensure they were fit and safe.

A total of 15 taxis were stopped, after which four drivers were given verbal warnings and one vehicle was taken off the road.

Mr Honeywood said: “The standard of most taxis was high and action was taken on the small numbers that were found to be below standard.

“This is important to make sure that those travelling in taxis do so in safe vehicles.”

John Hones, chairman of Tendring District Taxi Association, said cab drivers should not have been singled out. He said: “It is a tough enough time for taxi drivers at the moment – we are fighting to make a living.

“I don’t know why taxi drivers have been targeted as we are checked by the council every six months and have an MoT every year.

“As far as poor standards go, they should also have checked buses and charity buses – many of them charge now.

“It's not easy at the moment – there are too many taxi licences given out by the council.

There are about 310 and about 200 are in Clacton – we think there should be just 200 for the whole district.”

The licensing officers were also on the lookout for unlicensed scrap metal collectors.

One was found and is under investigation.

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4:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

It's not so much the driving as the parking, if Clacton is like it is here in Colchester where taxi drivers park on residential streets when off duty with no consideration whatsoever for the residents.
It's not so much the driving as the parking, if Clacton is like it is here in Colchester where taxi drivers park on residential streets when off duty with no consideration whatsoever for the residents. Im_Like_HELLO
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12:44pm Sat 18 Jan 14

brooks says...

CLACTON cabbies have been warned about the standard of their vehicles and one was even taken off the road after being found to be unsafe.

A number of taxis were found to be unsafe during a crackdown. quote....

“I don’t know why taxi drivers have been targeted as we are checked by the council every six months and have an MoT every year. quote.....

umm well the first quote explains why does it not??? and if they are checked so carefully then why were there faulty cabs?? seems like maybe these checks should be done every four weeks instead six monthly or waiting for an accident to happen. It is not nice to know that there are taxis out there that may not be fit for the road. And the taxi drivers should be the first ones to make sure their cabs are fit for purpose as it is not just their passengers lives they are putting at risk, it is their own as well as other road/pavement users. Maybe they were being picked on for minor problems in which case I concur that it is not fair to pick on them but if the problem is severe then I think it is a correct check to make and should be done everywhere not just in Clacton.
CLACTON cabbies have been warned about the standard of their vehicles and one was even taken off the road after being found to be unsafe. A number of taxis were found to be unsafe during a crackdown. quote.... “I don’t know why taxi drivers have been targeted as we are checked by the council every six months and have an MoT every year. quote..... umm well the first quote explains why does it not??? and if they are checked so carefully then why were there faulty cabs?? seems like maybe these checks should be done every four weeks instead six monthly or waiting for an accident to happen. It is not nice to know that there are taxis out there that may not be fit for the road. And the taxi drivers should be the first ones to make sure their cabs are fit for purpose as it is not just their passengers lives they are putting at risk, it is their own as well as other road/pavement users. Maybe they were being picked on for minor problems in which case I concur that it is not fair to pick on them but if the problem is severe then I think it is a correct check to make and should be done everywhere not just in Clacton. brooks
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