NINE taxis were ordered off Hyndburn's roads as part of a council and police crackdown on dangerous vehicles.
Mechanics examined 13 cabs as part of the crackdown and discovered faults serious enough to put most of them out of action.
One cab was in such a dangerous state the police towed it away for repairs and a full MOT.
Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "This operation has clearly shown that some taxi drivers in Hyndburn are failing to maintain their vehicles to the standards required.
"We must ensure the safety of the travelling public and, to this end, we will continue to work in partnership with the police to improve the standard of licensed private hire vehicles and hackney carriages."
Councillor Britcliffe added: "I would like to stress that a large number of private hire vehicles do adhere to council standards and these operations are intended to make sure all operators are brought to the same level."
Taxis over seven years old are examined every four months at Hyndburn Council's vehicle maintenance unit. Younger cabs are tested every six months.