Five notices issued for minor infringements during operation at Queen Street, Boutport Street and the station.

COUNCIL officers and police have been carrying out spot checks on taxis in Barnstaple on Thursday.

A total of 20 vehicles were stopped and checked to ensure they complied with the law and safety requirements - five were issued with advisory notices for minor issues and two meters were resealed.

The operation was carried out in Boutport and Queen streets plus Barnstaple Railway Station.

“Of the vehicles we stopped, it was good to see that the vast majority were in good condition and meeting all the safety standards we would expect,” said MPC Paul Butler.

North Devon Council licensing committee chairman, Councillor Joe Tucker, attended the operation:

“Spot checks are vital as they allow us to see first-hand whether vehicles are meeting safety standards and legal requirements.

“If minor issues are detected, we will give advisory notes to rectify certain things, or in more serious cases we can bring action. Not only is this for the benefit of passengers, but also other road users, including other taxi drivers and private hires who do ensure they are meeting the required standards.”

The inspections included checking things such as lights, tyres, tax, internal and external condition of the taxi, equipment required to be carried (such as first aid kits and fire extinguishers), meters, top ‘for hire’ lights, tariff cards and identity badges.

Passengers are also being encouraged to double-check that the taxi and private hire services they use are licensed, by making sure vehicles are displaying a licence plate on the back of the vehicle. Drivers should also have an identity badge.

To report cases of unlicensed activity, call 01271 388870 or email licensing@northdevon.gov.uk.