Over 20 vehicles stopped following successful taxi licensing operation Date published: 28th June 2016 1.29pm

Police officers in Congleton conducted safety and licensing checks on taxis following concerns from the community that they may have been breaking their license.

Over 20 vehicles, from Cheshire East, Staffordshire, Newcastle under Lyme and Manchester, were stopped by Congleton Beat Team and the Special Constabulary, alongside licensing officers, as they patrolled the town centre on a Saturday night (4 June).

Drivers were asked to produce their tariffs, ID cards and a safety check list was completed on each vehicle following reports some were collecting customers off the street and not as pre-booked journeys, which is illegal.

The operation resulted in four of the taxis drivers being warned over minor infringements of their licenses.

Sergeant Ross Hamilton, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “I want to thank all members of the public and taxi drivers for their patience during this operation, which was to ensure people who need to use taxis on their night out in Congleton are able to do so knowing they will get home in a safe manner.

“It was really pleasing to see taxi drivers in Congleton do take their license conditions seriously and are following them.

“Working alongside our partners at Cheshire East and Staffordshire council was a success and we plan to work with them again in the future.”