Crackdown on drivers plying for hire

Six private hire drivers could face prosecution following a recent operation to ensure the safety of passengers.

A joint operation involving City Council licensing enforcement officers and Merseyside Police, took place in the city centre over the week-end to ensure taxi drivers comply with legislation and their licencing conditions.

All private hire vehicles must be booked in advance by phone, email or through an app.

Six drivers were found to be for plying for hire with associated insurance offences and prosecutions are being considered in all these cases.

Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the City Council’s Licensing Committee, said: “This operation was to ensure the safety of passengers.   Private hire vehicles can only carry passengers if they have booked them in advance. If they have not done so they are not insured to pick up passengers.

“Passengers should always ensure they only use properly licensed taxis or when they have pre-booked private hire vehicles otherwise they are placing themselves in danger.

“We will be carrying out more operations of this type with the police in the run-up to Christmas to ensure safety.”