Police in Cardiff recently held an operation to stop and check taxis, limousines, and minibuses as part of their Christmas operation.
City centre neighbourhood officers in conjunction with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), and Taxi Licensing, conducted safety checks to ensure vehicles are fit to carry passengers.
As part of Operation Mistletoe, vehicles and drivers were stopped in North Road on Friday night and then brought to the drop off centre outside Cardiff Crown Court where they underwent closer examinations.
Of the 24 taxis which were stopped 14 were compliant with the other 10 breaching regulations regarding fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
Two limousines were stopped and passed all checks. Mini buses were generally in a poor condition and of the four stopped VOSA issued £600 in fines and two drivers will be prosecuted.
Cardiff city centre Inspector Dave Greaves said: “Many people from far and wide come to Cardiff to enjoy the vibrant night life and expect to be transported to and from the city in buses or taxis that are safe and legal.
“I urge operators to maintain, check and examine vehicles before they are put into service. The consequences of which are obvious and further checks will be carried out over the festive period.”
Operation Mistletoe is a joint safety initiative in Cardiff City Centre involving Cardiff Council, South Wales Police, the probation service, health service, licensee forum, retail partners and the voluntary sector to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time this Christmas
Now in it’s third year, Operation Mistletoe involves a number of schemes in place within the city centre to assist during the busy weeks and weekends in the run up to Christmas and New Year.
Cardiff city centre Chief Inspector Helen Summerfield, from South Wales Police, said: “We want people to come to Cardiff to enjoy the Christmas season and what the city has to offer.
“Operation Mistletoe is focusing on both the day and night time economy, with additional patrols to further promote a safer environment for all.
“We are working closely with our partner agencies to ensure that everybody has a good time, they feel safe, they keep their valuables secure, and that they get home safely.”