More than 50 taxis and private hire cars have been stopped and checked during the latest operation in Aberdeen to ensure drivers are operating legally and that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy for the public.
A check on taxi drivers picking up and dropping off passengers at Aberdeen International Airport was part of the operation, which took place earlier this month with assistance from Aberdeen City Council taxi enforcement officers and Borders Policing.
Drivers operating in the city centre were also spot-checked to ensure that they were adhering to the conditions of their licence.
During these checks the North East Division licensing team issued verbal warnings to a small number of taxi drivers for very minor issues which were quickly rectified.
The checks were part of Operation Taber, an ongoing licensing operation to work alongside the taxi trade in the North East to ensure they are operating safely and legally.
Licensing Inspector Kenny McGeough said: “Ensuring that professional drivers adhere to the law is part of our day-to-day business, however visible operations like this play a huge part in sending out a message that it is a matter we take extremely seriously to help keep people safe.
“The taxi trade is vital to the city and it is crucial that people who are using a taxi or private hire vehicle are safe in the knowledge that their driver is properly licensed and that the vehicle is roadworthy.
“Taxi and private-hire vehicle drivers have a professional and personal responsibility to ensure that they are adhering to the requirements of their licence, this includes having provisions in place like a fire extinguisher, identification badges on show and that they and their vehicles comply with licensing and road traffic law.
“During the festive period more people are out and about and less likely to be driving. We encourage people to go out and enjoy themselves, drink responsibly and to arrange how they are getting home. The taxi trade is an integral part of this by getting people home safely so it is important that we work closely with drivers to keep people safe.
“I would like to thank the taxi trade for their continued support and co-operation whilst this latest phase was carried out and I look forward to working with them in 2018.”