A COUNCIL spot check found a taxi with two minor defects.

The inspection of six cabs in Darwen confirmed all were roadworthy and properly licensed.

One driver was given seven days to rectify a missing heat shield and replace a damaged number plate.

Experts from Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Motor Vehicle Testing Station and licensing officials carried out the unannounced check as part of a regular programme of random inspections of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Cllr Jim Smith, the borough’s executive member for the environment, said: “These taxi checks are important for the safety of the public and are something we carry out regularly to make sure everything is as it should be.

“Taxi drivers have a responsibility to make sure their vehicles are in the best shape for the safety of their customers and other road users. I’m really glad that this showed there were no serious issues with any of the vehicles.

“We will carry out these random checks to ensure all vehicles licensed by the council abide by the law and drivers follow the rules we set.”