Metropolitan Police Service pounced on suspect limousines as they took transported fans to the Take That concert in Wembley.
The stretch limousines were stopped and taken to an inspection site in Carey Way, Wembley, Middlesex where officers, working together with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), carried out comprehensivemechanical examinations on the different types of limos.
Only two left with a clean bill of health, of the twelve limos stopped by traffic officers last Friday.
At the same time relevant checks were made on the drivers. One limo driver was arrested and later charged for driving whilst disqualified.
Another limo was seized, as the driver was not qualified to drive a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) for hire and reward. In addition there were two driver’s hours offences detected, which resulted in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued by VOSA.
A further five immediate PG9’s (prohibition notices) were issued for dangerous offences and one limo received a delayed PG9 for a maintenance matter, with two drivers receiving verbal warnings for minor infractions.
The UK limousine industry has been cleaned up recently by, both the operators and VOSA who are working with the Police.