Nine taxis discovered defective by PSNI

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NINE taxis in Lurgan were found to be defective during a one evening blitz by the PSNI.

A total of 13 vehicles were examined. Ten were found to be defective - nine taxis and one car.

The operation, on Saturday evening March 16, was conducted jointly with both Lurgan Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA)Enforcement Officers and HMRC.

A PSNI spokesperson said the aim was to improve road safety and detecting illegal taxiing and vehicles in dangerous conditions on the roads.

Defects included defective spare wheel, defective brakes, defective fire extinguisher, defective steering, defective suspension, defective lights, defective spare wheel, oil leak in engine and using rebated fuel. Five drivers had their PSV licence suspended and prohibitions were issued in relation to nine of the vehicles.

Constable Grimason, Lurgan NPT, said: “This was a very successful operation and sends out a clear message that police, DVA and HMRC will work together to improve road safety and prevent defective vehicles being driven on our roads.

“This partnership approach allows us to bring together a range of different skills, knowledge and legal powers to make the maximum amount of detections.

“Three of the vehicles stopped had defective brakes which is completely unacceptable, given the treacherous driving conditions we have been experiencing over the winter months. Driving vehicles in this condition shows a total disregard for the safety of all road users. The responsibility is on motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy and comply with current legislation.”