An operation to clamp down on the safety and condition of taxis and private hire vehicles was held last week.

A total of 50 vehicles were stopped in Salisbury, Amesbury and Warminster on Friday (10/08), with two vehicles taken off the road through immediate prohibitions for defective tyres, whilst another taxi was returned to base due to incorrect carriage of badge identification.

The joint operation with Wiltshire Council and officers from our Road Safety Unit and Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit focused on vehicle safety and enforcement of both specific regulations and general traffic legislation.

The checks took place in a number of locations, including New Canal Street, Minster Street, Castle Street and Fisherton Street in Salisbury, and Railway Station and Market Place in Warminster.

Sergeant Simon Drewett, of the Road Safety Unit at Wiltshire Police, said: “Those that pay to use taxis and private hire vehicles have a right to expect the very highest of standards, both in terms of vehicle safety and from the drivers in question.

“After all, these vehicles routinely carry some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, whether on behalf of the local authority to transport to and from schools, or those simply wishing to get home safe and sound after a good night out.

“This operation was a success, and enabled us to further educate drivers and promote good practice.”

Daniel Farr, Compliance Officer for Wiltshire Council, said: “I believe our work on Friday with Wiltshire Police was well received by drivers. The vast majority adhere to some very strict licensing criteria and I am sure they will be keen to see any rogue elements taken off the road.

“We look forward to repeating these efforts both at different times and in other parts of the county.”

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