Three Taxi Drivers in Banbury and Bicester Have Licenses Suspended

Three taxi and private hire drivers in Banbury and Bicester have had their licenses suspended as part of a Christmas crackdown by police and the Council, the Oxford Mail reports.

The operation by Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police has been designed to help members of the public stay safe on nights out in the run up to Christmas.

38 checks were carried out on vehicles holding licenses to sure they were following the conditions imposed by the council. The three suspensions were for faults in the vehicle, rather than any misconduct by drivers.

Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s executive member with responsibility for licensing, said: “We are pleased that the vast majority of our taxi drivers are offering a safe and accountable service to their passengers.

“However, the fact that we have just suspended three licences shows that we take breaches of conditions extremely seriously and will take enforcement action wherever necessary.

“We advise people travelling by taxi in our district to check that the vehicle is carrying a white or green council plate to the rear and that the driver is displaying his photo ID inside the car.

“They can then enjoy their journey in the knowledge that their driver has been through our rigorous checks and training.”

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Council licensing offers conducted checks including ensuring the registration plates matched the licenses issued and that all documentation was up to date. They also checked meters on taxis and checked the vehicle for any faults.

The council is planning to run further spot-checking operations at regular intervals over the coming months.

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