Posts Tagged ‘taxi’

Theft of taxi sign from car (Kingswood)

Posted on Tuesday 29th December 2009 at 4:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Police are advising people this New Year to check that any taxi they book or get into is properly licensed.

It follows the theft of a taxi sign from the top of a car parked on a driveway in Court Road, Kingswood on the evening of Sunday, December 27.

The sign has the number 748 on it. Police want people to look out for it, and to make sure that any taxi they book is displaying the correct identification in the vehicle.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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Joint taxi operation to safeguard residents’ safety

Posted on Friday 18th December 2009 at 3:45 pm by SH (Editor)

A joint operation to check on South Gloucestershire registered taxis took place on Saturday 12 December.

The operation was carried out by South Gloucestershire Council licensing enforcement officers, Avon and Somerset Road Policing Unit and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Designed to protect taxi users over the busy Christmas season, the operation included checks on tax, vehicle insurance, tyres, lights, seat belts, tinted windows and any other area which gave cause for concern.

A total of 17 taxis were stopped. Of these, six were found to have faults serious enough for prohibition notices to be served by VOSA for infringements including illegal tyres, defective seat belts and lights which did not work.

The drivers of four vehicles were advised that their taxis were on the borderline of legal requirements and seven were found to be satisfactory.

Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “Many South Gloucestershire residents will be using a taxi this festive season so it’s essential that these vehicles comply with all legal requirements governing their use. Public safety is of paramount importance, so we will not hesitate to take action when taxi operators fail to maintain their vehicles properly.”

Mark Pullin, trading standards and licensing manager, said: “The operation was an excellent example of successful joint working between the council and its partner agencies.

“Joint operations such as this demonstrate that we are determined to ensure that local taxi operators adhere to the highest standards in order to protect the public.”

Police motorcyclists identified licensed South Gloucestershire vehicles and escorted them to Kingswood Civic Centre, where they underwent mechanical checks by VOSA and additional checks with the licensing officers.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Taxi driver prosecuted

Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council

A taxi driver from Bristol has been fined £175 and ordered to pay around £700 in costs for operating illegally in South Gloucestershire.

On Tuesday 6 October North Avon Magistrates Court found Abdirahman Omar Ali guilty of trying to pick up fares in a district where he was not licensed to operate.

Mr Ali, of Arley Hill, Bristol did not appear at the hearing.

The successful prosecution follows a crackdown on taxis operating illegally which was carried out by the council’s licensing officers earlier this year.

The crackdown was a joint operation which was carried out at the University of the West of England’s (UWE) Frenchay Campus and involved trading standards and licensing officers from South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Random checks were also carried out on taxi drivers and vehicles licensed from other districts plying ‘for hire’ within South Gloucestershire. Taxis from outside of the district must be pre-booked.

Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “This is a good result for South Gloucestershire Council which will continue to carry out regular checks within the district in order to ensure both the taxi trade operating in South Gloucestershire and the public are protected from illegal practices.

“It is right that only vehicles authorised to operate within South Gloucestershire are able to do so and this prosecution goes to show that this type of practice will not be tolerated.”

Members of the public who have any concerns regarding this issue can get advice from licensing on 01454 864134 or email licensing@southglos.gov.uk.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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