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.

    “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.

    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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