‘PROACTIVE’ enforcement operations will continue in Barnsley town centre in a bid to raise the standards of taxis plying for trade.

It’s understood that monthly checks are being carried out on vehicles working at night.

According to a report, which reviews the findings of an operation on March 2, three vehicles were suspended for safety issues and three more were given written warnings.

Of the eight drivers checked, six were registered in Barnsley and one each with Rotherham and Wolverhampton respectively.

The report said: “Vehicle and driver non-compliance is an issue officers are concerned with during the undertaking of every enforcement operation.

“Regardless of which authority issued the licences, defective vehicles are not acceptable and cannot be excused and officers will continue to proactively enforce both the legislation and our local conditions accordingly.

“Operations will continue to take place on a regular basis. Vehicle failures are always unacceptable, and our enforcement operations must convey the message that operators, vehicle proprietors and drivers must accept responsibility for any failures and make a change.

“All licensing authorities have clear standards that must be adhered to as failure to do so may put the safety of the public at risk when using a hackney carriage or private hire vehicles.

“The principal consideration for all is, as always, one of public safety.”