ROGUE cabbies have been forced off the road in Huddersfield.

And police have pledged more will be facing action in a continued crackdown on illegal taxis operating in Kirklees.

Special joint operations have been hailed a success.

The operations between Kirklees Licensing enforcement officers and Southern Road Policing Unit resulted in a number of vehicles being taken off the roads.

Police officers and licensing officers have been patrolling the town centres of Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley at weekends.

And their efforts show that although the majority of taxi operations in Kirklees are legal, there are some flouting the law.

Drivers whose vehicles or licences were invalid were warned they were potentially putting their passengers’ lives at risk.

Twelve vehicles were stopped in Huddersfield including a test operation to check on unbooked fares.

An officer posed as a passenger in Kirkgate to see if cabs, which should have been pre-booked, would stop to collect him.

Five taxi drivers were ordered off the roads in Huddersfield because of defects in their vehicles’ lights and another vehicle had borderline illegal tyres.

A further driver was issued with a short-term suspension for not displaying a taxi plate and for headlight defects.

In Dewsbury, five private hire cabs were ordered off the roads until headlight defects were corrected.

Fixed penalty notices were also issued for mobile phone offences and illegal tyres.

Huddersfield Road Policing officer Pc Andrew Muskett, who led the operation, said: “This is the first time in recent years traffic officers have teamed up with licensing officials in a targeted operation looking at all aspects of both private hire and Hackney carriage operations.

“We were looking out for vehicle defects, such as bald tyres, headlights and brake lights.

“And we were also checking whether the drivers’ licence documents and taxi registrations were valid. The operations will be repeated.

Kirklees Council Licensing Manager Cath Walter said: “It is always beneficial to carry out these checks in partnership with the police and enforcement colleagues from other agencies and it shows a joined up approach to the licensed taxi trade.

“It also reminds the taxi trade of their responsibilities and to ensure that their vehicles are road-worthy and comply with licensing conditions.”

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