TAXI and private hire drivers and operators in a borough have been warned of further festive season roadside checks after two vehicles were found to be substandard.

Enforcement officers from Ribble Valley Council joined forces with the police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in a swoop on potentially unroadworthy vehicles.

Of the 12 vehicles inspected at sites around Clitheroe, 10 were found to be of the required standard.

Two were served with notices requiring work to be carried out on their vehicles within seven days.

Ribble Valley Council’s taxi enforcement boss Carl Rung, said: “Maintaining a high standard of vehicles is something we take seriously and we carry out regular checks to ensure taxis and their drivers meet licensing requirements.

“This was a joint operation, where vehicles were subject to a rigorous inspection to ensure they were compliant with licence conditions.

"Further swoops may take place across Ribble Valley in the run-up to the festive season.

“Although two vehicles were served with notices, we are delighted that most were of an excellent standard.”