On the evening of Friday 4 September 2015 Licensing Officers from Cotswold District Council joined forces with Police Officers from the Cotswold Neighbourhood Policing Team to carry out licence and premises checks on taxis and public houses in the Cotswold District.
In the early part of the evening a total of nine taxis were stopped by the Police and examined by the Licensing Officers. The officers were checking the safety and roadworthiness of the vehicles. Of the nine that were stopped three were found to have significant safety faults and taken off the road. One vehicle was seized by the Police as it was believed to have been used without insurance.
Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at Cotswold District Council, said: “It’s important to ensure that the taxi services operating in the District are fit for purpose. Joint exercises with the Police are an excellent way of checking for compliance with operating standards and the results certainly justify the effort expended.”
Sergeant Garrett Gloyn of Cirencester police said: “I have to say I am rather surprised, I didn’t expect to find the faults that we did. The condition of a few of the cars fell well below what I would have expected. We will continue to work with our colleagues in Licensing to maintain high standards within the Cotswold District.”
Later in the evening Police and Licensing staff visited public houses in the Cirencester area, South Cerney, Fairford and Lechlade. These visits were to confirm that Licence conditions were being adhered to. A total of seven pubs were visited with no significant failings being found.
Cllr Hancock commented: “I was very pleased to note that all the local pubs visited posed no problems from a licensing viewpoint. Consumers welcome occasional checks of this nature and I am grateful to the Police for their assistance.”
Sergeant Gloyn said: “It’s great for us to visit some local pubs before we are called to incidents at the locations. It gives us the opportunity to hear from publicans about issues affecting them and to underline our ongoing work such as Test Purchase operations.”