FIVE Rhyl taxis have been taken off the road after a crackdown.
Denbighshire Council, North Wales Police and the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA) carried out a joint road safety initiative in Rhyl.
Officers from the council's Community Safety Enforcement team worked with the police's Road Policing Unit and the VOSA, carrying out detailed roadworthiness checks on 11 taxis in the town.
Five taxis were immediately prohibited and suspended by VOSA officers and council officers for a range of issues, including a defective tyre, defective brakes, seat belt, suspension, windscreen and warning lights.
Three taxi drivers were issued with deferred suspensions in relation to taxi licensing conditions, bodywork damage and lighting defects.
Cllr David Smith, cabinet lead member for Environment, said: "These operations must send a clear message to all taxi proprietors that Denbighshire Council, North Wales Police and VOSA are jointly committed to a course of action that will seek out any vehicles that are not fit for purpose.
"This activity is also designed to gain the confidence of the paying public who use such vehicles and all those persons who use the roads of Denbighshire."
Sgt Tony Gatley, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is disappointing that once again we detected an unacceptable number of offences that resulted in immediate prohibitions with respect to vehicles that were being used to transport members of the public. People however should be reassured in that we will continue with our work in an aim to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the roads."