Six taxis taken off the road in Chesterfield

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Six taxis have been taken off the road in Chesterfield amid safety concerns, it has been revealed.

On Saturday, Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing team and police stopped 32 vehicles to check their roadworthiness.

Of those inspected, officers suspended six vehicles from carrying passengers until work is carried out to correct serious faults including defective tyres and insecure batteries.

The council’s enforcement officers will also deal with 36 breaches of the council’s Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing policy.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, the borough council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The safety of the public is our number one priority.

“Our licensing policy requires Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles to undergo strict inspections twice a year.

“The most serious faults found during this enforcement operation were dealt with on-the-spot by police and were subsequently easily remedied.

“We will continue to work closely with operators throughout the year to ensure public safety and we’re pleased that the vast majority of drivers were complying with the rules.”