South West Wales

Police alarm over defective taxis in Neath Port Talbot

Police say they were alarmed to find 10 out of 17 taxis stopped for routine safety checks in Neath and Port Talbot on Friday had several defects.

Officers from South Wales Police commercial vehicle unit found one vehicle had three defective tyres.

The taxi drivers were issued with prohibition notices during the operations involving Neath Port Talbot council's taxi licensing officers.

The checks included lights, tyres, first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

Chief Superintendent Cliff Filer, head of specialist operations, said: "The defective rate was nearly 60% which is quite alarming given the nature and scope of work these vehicles undertake on a daily basis.

"It is unfair on the many law-abiding taxi operators who have to compete against others who use defective vehicles which put drivers, passengers and other road users in danger."

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