Police check taxis in town

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POLICE spotchecks on black cabs and taxis in Chesterfield found almost two thirds of all drivers to be flouting the law.

An evening of checks, which also involved Trading Standards, Customs and Excise officers and Chesterfield Council’s licensing officers, found only 16 of the 46 taxis checked were roadworthy and had correct licences.

The other 30 drivers had issues with their licences or defects on their vehicles, including broken lights, low or leaking brake fluid or no fire extinguishers.

Eight cars had tyres with an illegally low tyre tread, three of which were so poor the drivers were issued with notices to remove the cars from the road immediately.

They cannot be used until they have passed an MoT.

The taxis were from a variety of local companies.