Five taxi cabs have been taken off the road in Devon following a two day operation.
Devon and Cornwall Police together with VOSA (The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), Immigration and HM Revenue and Customs Fuel Testing stopped a total of fifty vehicles in Exmouth, Exeter and Honiton.
23 of the vehicles were found to be in order, but 27 were committing offences ranging from defective lights, to the driver not having an identity badge. A number of the vehicles were committing more than one offence.
Those which were prohibited from being used immediately had defects such as having a defective tyre, a loose battery or failing to carry a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.