A NEW bid to make sure taxi drivers keep their vehicles in good condition is set to be launched in Kirklees.
One move being considered is to force drivers to display a freephone number where passengers can complain.
Councillors on a think-tank are urging new moves after random tests revealed problems.
Police who made the checks found cars of a poor standard.
Taxi and private hire operators both agree that the inspection system should be changed.
The council panel's recommendations also include:
* Visual inspection of vehicles by councillors to be switched to officers and incorporated into the annual vehicle test.
* Old or high mileage vehicles to be tested more frequently, either as a matter of policy or at the vehicle tester's discretion.
* The tester to be able to recall vehicles for re-testing if there are concerns.