TAXI drivers in Hyndburn have been praised by police after a joint safety crackdown in Accrington.

Neighbourhood police teamed up with Hyndburn Council's taxi enforcement office and the Vehicle Operator and Safety Agency for Operation Carriage.

Thirty-eight cabs were pulled over during a round of inspections, and tested for roadworthiness and legal compliance, to check private hire cars and hackney cabs were being kept properly.

Police say two immediate prohibition notices and one delayed prohibition ticket, during the operation.

A Hyndburn Police spokesman said: "In general the vehicles were of a higher standard than expected."

Last year a similar crackdown saw just 20 per cent of cabs pulled were up to standards.