Taxi Testing Manual - Interior

2.4.1 Interior

Information

  • The vehicle should be submitted for the Taxi Inspection clean and free from damage and in a condition which would be acceptable to be hired by members of the public.
  • Interior Taxi plate and insurance disc should be fixed in the correct position within the interior of the vehicle

Seats

Method of Inspection

  • Check the condition, security cleanliness of seats

Reason for Rejection

  • A seat which is insecure, damaged or weakened so that the damaged seat structure or covering could endanger passengers or damage their clothes
  • Seats with covering(s) in such a condition that they are likely to soil passengers clothing
  • Headrests insecure or missing

Interior Lights

Method of Inspection

  • Check the interior lights provide adequate illumination of the interior of the vehicle

Reason for Rejection

  • Inadequate illumination of saloon interior

Interior Surfaces

Method of Inspection

  • Check interior surfaces including roof linings, side panel covering and carpets for cleanliness, condition and security

Reason for Rejection

  • Insecure or damaged so that they are likely to injure passengers
  • Contaminated so that they are likely to soil passenger’s clothing

First Aid Kit

Method of Inspection

  • First aid kits should contain the minimum as recommended by HSE for a 1-person kit. Check that the first aid kit is not contaminated or the contents obviously deteriorated and that the receptacle which contains the first aid kit is prominently marked.  If the receptacle is in a sealed compartment or closed glove box the compartment or glove box should be clearly marked to indicate the position of the first aid kit

Reason for Rejection

    • Missing, inaccessible or in poor or contaminated condition
    • Receptacle not marked
    • No notice of position is present.
    • A kit which does not contain the minimum HSE recommended vehicle kit of: 6 waterproof plasters, 1 x HSE 18 x 18 dressing, 2 triangular bandages, 2 antiseptic wipes, 1 pair of vinyl gloves, 6 safety pins, 1 first aid advice leaflet.

Fire Extinguisher

Method of Inspection

  • Check that the fire extinguisher is of the correct type. They must contain foam or powder and be marked BS 5423 or EN 3.
  • A fire extinguisher should be fitted securely in a position easily accessible by the driver. If the extinguisher is hidden from view the position must be clearly marked in view of the driver and passengers.

Reason for Rejection

    • Missing, inaccessible, discharged, incorrect type, in an obviously poor condition
    • No notice of position is present.
    • A Halon filled extinguisher
    • Insecure

Opening Windows

Method of Inspection

  • Check all opening windows can be opened from the relevant controls

Reason for Rejection

  • A driver’s or any passengers window cannot be opened from the relevant controls

Heating and Demisting

Method of Inspection

  • Examine presence, condition and operation of heating and demisting equipment. A system with variable speed control must be operable in all speeds as designed.

Reason for Rejection

  • Missing, inoperative or ineffective demisting, heating or cooling equipment.

Insurance Disc

Method of Inspection

  • Check that the insurance disc is valid and is fitted in the correct position either behind or beside the vehicle Road Fund Licence and facing inwards

Reason for Rejection

  • The insurance disc is not valid, is defaced or illegible
  • The insurance disc is fitted in the wrong position or obscures the drivers view

Interior Taxi Plate

Method of Inspection

  • The interior plate should be current, located in a position in clear view of the front seat passenger and should not obscure the drivers view

Reason for Rejection

  • The plate information is not correct
  • Defaced or illegible
  • Missing
  • Fitted in the incorrect position and is not easily read by the front seat passenger or obscures the drivers view

Instruments & controls including all gauges & warning lights

Method of Inspection

  • Check all instruments, controls, gauges & safety related warning lights for correct operation

Reason for Rejection

  • Lights not extinguishing correctly
  • Lights not working
  • Gauges inoperative
  • Controls ineffective or damaged
  • Speedometer not working correctly on road test
  • Lights, gauges or lighting components missing

Trim and passenger controls

Method of Inspection

  • Check trim for excessive wear and correctly fitted items
  • Check passenger controls for correct operation & damage

Reason for Rejection

  • Worn, damaged, incorrectly fitted or missing trim or accessories
  • Inoperative or damaged passenger controls including sharp edges

All additional accessories & fittings i.e. taxi meter, sat nav, two way radio

Method of Inspection

  • Check for security, tidiness & safe wiring

Reason for Rejection

  • Insecure accessories or fittings Lose, dangerous or untidy wiring

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