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A FREEDOM OF Information (FOI) request to the Ministry of Transport has revealed that around six per cent of black cabs in London were issued with an ‘unfit notice’ for not having a second MOT test certificate.

The following statement was given in reply to the FOI request: How many London licensed taxis (black cabs) were reported for not having a second MOT between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016?

“According to our records, 1,290 taxis were found not to have a second MOT test six months form the date the taxi licence was granted. Please note this information is reported on in financial periods running from 08 January 2016 to 07 January 2017.

The Freedom of Information reply added:

Our compliance officers have access to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website on their handheld devices which allow them to check previous MOT information for vehicles. In addition, we check both taxis and private hire vehicle MOTs as a part of our regular fleet and operator visits.

“The six-monthly MOT tests help to ensure that taxi and private hire vehicles remain safe and road worthy for passengers and other transport users. Vehicles identified as not having undertaken a second MOT are issued with an ‘Unfit Notice’, prohibiting the use of the vehicle until remedial action is taken.”

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