Stark contrast in condition of Fife hire cabs

Taxis - photo: WALTER NEILSON
Taxis - photo: WALTER NEILSON
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TAXI drivers in Levenmouth and north east Fife have been congratulated and criticised in fairly equal measures over vehicle maintenance standards.

Annual taxi and private hire car inspection tests from February to April in the Levenmouth and East Fife zones were reviewed yesterday (Tuesday) by Fife Council’s regulation and licensing committee.

The report stated that, of 98 vehicles licensed in Levenmouth, all but one passed first time when inspections were carried out. The vehicle which failed, run by a Methil operator, passed on re-test.

Fleet operations service manager Tom Henderson said: “There has been a slight increase in the first time pass rate from last year’s results and the operators should yet again be congratulated for their high standares of maintenance.”

In the East Fife zone, however, 153 out of 172 vehicles (89 per cent) passed first time, while 18 – including two in the East Neuk – failed and passed on retest. One more failed and had not been retested.

Mr Henderson said: “Although there has been a slight increase in the first-time pass rate from last year, it is still very disappointing that 19 vehicles failed the test, especially as some of these operators have been brought to the committee’s attention. I would suggest strong sanctions should be taken with all operators whose vehicles failed the test.”