Category Archive: Illegal plying for hire

Mar 03

Ipswich minicab driver stole teenager’s phone after illegally touting

An Ipswich minicab driver has been convicted of touting for business and stealing a £450 phone belonging to a teenage girl he illegally picked up at Cardinal Park. Valdet Miftari, of Compair Crescent, Ipswich, was also found guilty of plying for trade when not licensed as a public Hackney carriage and having no insurance for …

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Oct 24

Taxi drivers fined £4,000 for illegally plying for hire during the 2016 Gold Cup

Four taxi drivers have been fined almost £4,000 for illegally plying for hire in Cheltenham during the 2016 Gold Cup. Sarah Hughes, licensing enforcement officer for the borough council, said the prosecutions are a “warning to drivers who wish to capitalise on the additional footfall” during race week. Duncan Holder, of Solway Road in Cheltenham, …

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Oct 23

Jailed: Sex predator who pretended to be a minicab driver and assaulted passenger

A “sexual predator”, who posed as a minicab driver and forced himself on a female passenger, has been jailed. Ahmed Abdirahman Yusuf, of Woodside Road, Haringey, picked up his victim and her friends in Soho, in February, offering a cheap fare back to their homes in Battersea. However, the 31-year-old then started driving in the …

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Sep 16

Private Hire drivers guilty of picking up illegal fares in Milton Keynes

Two private hire drivers have been convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court of picking up passengers illegally – known as ‘blagging’ – in the town. Bi Trazie Alain Fegone, of Nelson Way, Rugby, attended court and pleaded guilty to plying for hire and driving without valid motor insurance. Javen Hussain, of Grantham Road, Luton, did …

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Sep 13

Trafford Council secures private hire prosecution after ‘sting’ operation at Manchester United game

A PRIVATE hire driver has been convicted of licensing and insurance offences after an undercover operation at a Manchester United match by Trafford Council. At Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on September 2, Trafford Council secured a conviction against Mohammed Amin Eid Al-Kharabsheh, a private hire driver licensed by Manchester City Council. He was found …

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Aug 15

Mystery passengers could be used to snare illegal street pick up private hire drivers

MYSTERY passengers could be used to nab private hire drivers who illegally pick up people who flag them down in the street. City council bosses believe the move could save passengers being put at risk by rogue drivers. The city has almost 3000 private hire cars which can only pick up people who have pre-booked …

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Aug 04

Another Milton Keynes taxi driver prosecuted for ‘blagging’

Another Milton Keynes minicab driver has been prosecuted for unlawfully plying for hire – known as blagging – following a joint enforcement operation carried out by Milton Keynes Council’s Taxi Enforcement team and Thames Valley Police. Jonson Olukeye Okuribido, of Redbourne Court, Stony Stratford appeared in court today (3 August) and admitted to plying for …

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Aug 01

The pirates of Milton Keynes

Three private hire drivers have been fined after pleading guilty to picking up passengers illegally. Mohammed Khakpour, of Eighth Street, Milton Keynes, Francis Agyekum, of Buckingham Gate, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, and Salim Ahmed, of Northampton, admitted to plying for hire when they appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Private hire vehicles can only …

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Jul 07

PH driver facing ban after illegally picking up undercover council workers

A private-hire driver could be stripped of his licence after admitting illegally accepting a fare from enforcement officers masquerading as potential clients. As a licensed minicab driver, Kulwant Cheema was authorised to take pre-booked passengers but prohibited from accepting anyone flagging him down from the side of the road. But he admitted to magistrates he …

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May 14

New signs installed across Birmingham city centre to warn illegal taxi drivers

Cabbies and private hire drivers who operate illegally in Birmingham are being warned they will be caught and face prosecution. New signs have been installed across the city centre reminding drivers against breaking the law and touting for on-street business – a specific offence known in the trade as ’plying.’ Almost 50 rogue drivers were …

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