Seven taxis were taken off the roads in a crackdown in Huddersfield.
And two of them were so bad that police deemed them unfit to be on the road.
Police and Kirklees Council officials took prompt action when they carried out spot checks on “Mad Friday” - one of the busiest nights of the year for cabbies.
More than 40 taxis and private hire vehicles were checked and many of the drivers were given penalty fines.
And police pledged that there would be more checks to ensure the safety of road users.
The enforcement exercise took place in Queensgate last Friday, with officials taking cars into the Queensgate Market Hall underground loading area for spot checks.
Officers from the council’s licensing department teamed up with police, Revenue & Customs officers and the Vehicle Operators Standard Agency (VOSA) to carry out vehicle checks on private cars, taxis and private hire vehicles. They stopped 70 vehicles.
They checked 46 taxis and private hire vehicles to make sure they were appropriately licensed and complied with necessary safety requirements.
Of the 24 private cars inspected the police issued eight fixed penalty notices, two for failure to wear seat belts and six for light defects. One driver also had his vehicle issued with an immediate prohibition notice from VOSA. Two community resolutions orders were also issued to private individuals for possession of cannabis.
Of the 46 taxis and private hire vehicles inspected, 10 were issued with rectifications notices for matters including damaged body work, failures to have the correct livery and signage on their vehicles and failure to carry fire extinguishers.
Seven private hire vehicles were issued with immediate suspensions on the night with two also attracting an immediate prohibition order from VOSA, as the vehicles were not fit to be on the road.
One had two bald tyres and a light defect.
The second vehicle was removed from the hall on a recovery truck. The drivers of the vehicles will now face a hearing before the councils Regulatory Panel to explain why they had allowed their vehicle to fall in to such disrepair.
Insp Tim Holland, of Kirklees Police, said: “The results from the operation are encouraging and should go some way to reassure the public that taxis and private hires in Kirklees are generally fit for purpose and most importantly safe.
“We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues from the council, VOSA and HMRC to carry out similar activity in the future. This was also a great opportunity for Special Police Constables to participate in an important public safety exercise which is an integral role in local policing”.
Clr Mumtaz Hussain, who chairs Kirklees Licensing & Safety Committee said: “The council is determined to ensure that our licensed taxis and private hire vehicles and drivers comply fully with the requirements of the law and of their licences, so as to deliver a safe transport service to the residents and businesses of Kirklees.
“Enforcement operations of this type, carried out in partnership with the police, help us to identify potential safety risks and deal with them.”