HACKNEY & PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE INSPECTION CHECKLIST (WITH EXPLANATORY DETAILED NOTES) 1. Engine Compartment a) Inspect for oil leaks - The loss of oil, either from engine or transmission, causing contamination to the road surface, or constituting a fire risk b) Check battery security/ position and loss or damage to wiring - Ensure battery security in the event of a collision the battery would not become dislodged or spill acid causing contamination. Inspect for insecure or damaged wiring that will constitute a fire risk. Ensure that all ancillary electrical equipment is fused at the power supply. c) Check rubber/plastic hoses for leaks or signs of perishing - Ensuring all coolant and high pressure hoses are intact and do not constitute a safety risk. d) Check engine mountings, inner wings, panels and suspension mountings for corrosion - Ensuring all engine suspension mountings are intact and secured safely to the inner panels of the engine compartment. e) Check cooling radiator and inter cooler are securely positioned and there are no leaks - Ensure both radiator and inter cooler mountings are secure and intact and there is no deterioration of components likely to cause a safety risk. f) Check clutch and brake cylinders for leakage - Ensuring there is no obvious signs of hydraulic fluid leaks from cylinders/chambers or any other associated brake/clutch component. g) Check clutch operation - Ensure clutch operation is smooth without vibration or judder. h) Chassis and underside of the vehicle to be steam cleaned - Ensure the underside of the vehicle is presented in a clean condition for inspection. 2. Exterior a) Check bodywork for evidence of corrosion, damage or unsatisfactory repairs Ensure body panels do not have corrosive deterioration or are rusted through, and any repaired panels are repaired to a satisfactory standard and are finished off to blend with the existing body colour.
b) Check to ensure that all doors open and close easily and rubber seals are in good condition - Ensuring security of all doors, locks, hinges and catches and ease of access plus no obvious sign of weather seal deterioration. c) Check paintwork for damage which affects the appearance of the vehicle The appearance should be of a high standard that reflects the image of the Council d) Check to ensure front and rear number plates are in good condition and clearly legible - As stated (plus they meet the statutory requirements for text type and spacing.) e) Check to ensure all lights work correctly including number plate light, reversing light and fog lamps. No more than two auxiliary (spot) lights may be fitted. - As per MOT Test requirements (no more than two auxiliary spot lights may be fitted. f) Check to ensure exhaust system/catalyst is fitted correctly and is working satisfactorily. - As per MOT Test requirements Co2 emissions. g) Check exterior/mirror assemblies are correctly positioned and are not damaged - As per MOT Test requirements 3. Interior a) Check interior of vehicle and luggage space is clean and in good serviceable condition - Upholstery/trim is in clean undamaged condition, with the interior being free from litter and clutter. Ensure floor covering is in serviceable condition no holes, tears or snags. Luggage space to be clear, clean and unstructured b) Check under mats for evidence of water leakage or accident damage - Ensure there is no water ingression both in the passenger or boot compartments, or any evidence of impact damage. c) Check seats are in good condition - Ensure all seat interiors are in a sound and serviceable condition with operational seat adjustment mechanisms (if fitted) d) Check seat belts, mountings condition and operation of all seats - As per MOT Test requirements e) Check interior and door courtesy lights work f) Check all internal switches operating lights, wipers, and washer’s etc. work correctly - As per MOT requirements. g) Check windows can be lowered and raised easily Ensure all opening windows operate easily and give maximum ventilation. Ensure rear windows which are tinted are not of an opaque design (Original equipment only excepted unless an executive vehicle.)
h) Check all doors open correctly and doors are correctly fitted - Ensure all operating doors open correctly from the inside and with sufficient access. i) Check luggage space for water penetration and cleanliness j) Check radio/pda for secure fitting - Ensure radio and communication equipment is securely fitted with wiring fused as required k) Check fittings of grills behind rearmost seat in estate cars - Ensure security of dog grill to the rear load space area (estate cars only) l) Check windscreen for damage and stickers etc. in accordance with MOT standards m) Vehicle Identification Number is legible and secure n) No unauthorised advertising whatsoever on or in the vehicle 4. Tyres a) Check all tyres, including spare for damage or extensive wear, giving indication of % in mm of tread remaining. - As per tyre legislation and MOT requirements. b) Check tyres have correct pressures and comply with all legal requirements for tyres when fixed to vehicles. As per legal requirements c) Check that remoulds are not fitted 5. Underside of vehicles a) Check that exhaust is correctly fitted and working correctly. - As per MOT Test requirements b) Check engine and gearbox mountings for security. - As per MOT Test requirements c) Check wheel bearings, swivel pins and bushes. - As per MOT Test requirements d) Check Shock Absorbers. - As per MOT Test requirements e) Check universal joints/drive shafts. - As per MOT Test requirements f) Check for excessive oil leaks. - As per section (a) item (a) 6. Braking systems a) Check for condition and performance of service brake system - As per MOT Test requirements b) Check for condition and performance of parking brake (Mechanical/electrical operations) - As per MOT Test requirements
7. Rolling Road Test a) Check for vibration through steering column - ensure there is no excessive rolling vibration through the steering or transmission. b) Check that steering does not pull to the right or left - ensure vehicle drives in a straight line, does not steer over to left or right. c) Check that brakes do not pull to left or right - as per MOT Roller Brake Test results. d) Check engine performance i.e. misfires/lack of power - ensure engine performs satisfactorily for the vehicle size. e) Check for satisfactory emission levels from vehicle exhaust - as per MOT Test requirements. f) Check for unusual noise from engine/transmission engine/transmission and exhaust noise levels are not excessive.
g) Check braking efficiency. As per Section (6) Item (a-b) 8. Signs/Plates a) Hackney Carriage signs: 1. Check roof mounted signs and ensure the size and design complies with condition. 2. Check roof sign correctly illuminated. b) Licence Plates: Check to ensure that licence plates are affixed in position to comply with conditions. Each licence plate is securely mounted to the front and rear of the vehicle and that the internal badge is displayed so that it is visible to the public. 9. Meters a) Check meter accuracy Ensure accuracy of meter by driving a measured mile or by static measuring instrument. b)Check that the meter will not show any tariffs (s) other than those set by the Council (Hackney Carriage scale of charges). Ensure that the meter reads accurately the tariff for the class of vehicle being tested. c) Check meter is positioned so as to be clearly seen by all passengers in the vehicle.
d) Check that a table of fares, as agreed by the Council, is displayed in the vehicle in a prominent position so as to be clearly seen by all passengers in the Hackney Carriage.