NORTHUMBRIA POLICE and Newcastle City Council have charged a number of taxi and private hire drivers with licence and vehicle maintenance offences after a joint city centre operation.
Council enforcement staff and police officers carried out a number of random checks on vehicles and drivers and local authority councillor for cab regulation, Nick Kemp, said: “Newcastle has a vibrant night-time economy, which is something that we are really proud of. But, we want to make sure that the city is safe and ensure that people are not put at risk by travelling in unsafe and potentially unlicensed vehicles.
Mr Kemp added:
Our message is simple; cab drivers who put people at risk, by working illegally, will be prosecuted and could ultimately lose their licence and livelihoods.
Stephen Wykes, Northumbria Police’s neighbourhood inspector for Newcastle city centre, said: “Enforcement officers were looking for a range of offences, to make sure that potentially dangerous drivers were not left to operate without the appropriate checks.
“It is important that cab drivers feel that they are part of the solution and enforcement officers got a good response from the trade, because we are protecting their reputation and livelihood.”