A TAXI has been taken of the road after a safety swoop by inspectors in an East Lancashire Market town.

Enforcement officers at Ribble Valley Council joined forces with the police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency experts in a check on potentially unroadworthy vehicles in Clitheroe.

Of the eight vehicles inspected, five were found to be of the required standard.

But two vehicles were served with notices requiring work to be carried out within seven days and one was taken off the road pending an essential repair.

And further taxi swoops are across Ribble Valley on the way over the coming weeks.

Ribble Valley Council’s taxi enforcement officer 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.

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