MOT test warning: Taxi drivers claim they are ‘unfairly targeted’ by council after failure

MOT test warning: Taxi drivers claim they are ‘unfairly targeted’ by council after failure


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Cabbies have accused Blackburn with Darwen Council of “taking advantage” of cab drivers and often charging more money for services. Soyeb Abid, a cab driver in the local area said his latest MOT failure was “just ridiculous” after the issues were not detected on previous tests.

Speaking to Lancashire Telegraph, he said: “It is just ridiculous.

“I got told that the front headlight on the driver’s side was loose.

“It is exactly the same as the one on the passenger side and it is not loose at all.

“I tried pulling it off and I would ask anyone else to check it and see if they can find a fault.

“Then there is a scuff mark on a bumper and this was brought up.

“Nobody made an issue of the barely noticeable scuff mark the last two times when the taxi was passed.

“I was also told to fix the ball joints dust cover.

“I think we are being unfairly targeted by the MOT test centre.

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“I am also concerned we are having to pay over the odds for an MOT test every six months.

“We realise that this is important for the safety of everyone but we can’t function and do our jobs.”

Councillor Altaf Patel, another taxi driver from the area also attacked the council.

He said he had heard “many complaints” and many drivers were “lucky” if they passed their test first time.

He said: “We need private MOT centres for taxi drivers.

“A lot of people are being failed on the first attempt.

“Drivers are lucky if they pass the first time and this is just getting ridiculous and I have heard of so many complaints from drivers who think they are being unfairly targeted.”

The grievances were shared on social media by the National Private Hire and Taxi Association.

However, Blackburn and Darwen Council denied targeting any drivers in the test.

Tony Watson, head of environment at the council, confirmed Mr Abid’s vehicle failed the MOT after various issues.

This included an issue with the front headlight and the anti-roll bars, bumpers and inner wing.

They added: “No section of drivers are targeted in any way by the council.

“All of the council’s MOT testers have an unblemished testing record with no DVSA sanctions against their name.”

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