Big improvement in taxis

There's been a big improvement in the standard of taxis in east Fife.
There's been a big improvement in the standard of taxis in east Fife.

There has been a big improvement in the standard of taxis operating in East Fife, following annual inspections earlier in the year which revealed many faults.

The failure rate prompted Fife Council, the licensing authority, to carry out random checks over the summer.

In August, the regulation and licensing committee agreed to cancel any further random tests for those operators who had passed three inspections in a row.

It was also decided that any operators who had failed a random test should attend a meeting to consider their licences.

This week, in a report to the committee, council fleet operations service manager Tom Henderson, said that 14 taxis passed first time in the random checks.

“This is a very encouraging report with only two vehicles failing the test on one occasion,” he said.

It was agreed that the committee chair and vice-chair discuss the failures with those operators and take any necessary action.