Category Archive: Illegal plying for hire

May 12

Heathrow crackdown on Uber drivers

Uber drivers have been barred from parking in villages near Heathrow as part of measures to tackle congestion and clear the way for a third runway. Sophisticated “geo-fencing” technology has been employed to prevent drivers picking up fares while parked a few miles outside the airport perimeter. A new minicab rank with space for up …

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Apr 15

Falmouth man receives suspended prison sentence for his part in running bogus taxi service

Three men, including one from Falmouth, were sentenced at Truro Crown Court for their involvement in a fraudulent taxi firm that had a turnover of around £1.2 million and evaded paying almost £300,000 of VAT during a four year period. Martin Perks, 68, of Well Way, Porth, near Newquay, was sentenced to three years in …

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Mar 08

Bogus minicab driver receives suspended jail sentence

Babu Elahi, 53, was spotted in a VW Passat liveried with door stickers and bumper plates suggesting it was a licensed private hire vehicle. Yet when police moved in to speak to the driver on October 17 last year he raced off – carrying two rear seat passengers. Elahi, from Bevington Road in Aston , …

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Feb 18

Private-hire driver lands himself in court for trying to tout for trade on city’s streets

A Gedling private hire driver ended up in court on Wednesday after city taxi drivers protested that their trade was snatched by unlicensed outsiders. Private-hire driver Asim Ali was seen parked near a bistro on Barker Gate shortly after midnight on June 27, magistrates in the city heard. Two plain clothes officers approached and saw …

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Nov 08

Private hire driver fined £2,000 for illegal pick-up

A private hire driver who illegally picked up a customer in the town centre has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after appearing in court. Mohammed Arif, of Northumberland Avenue, denied plying for trade in Friar Street on December 8, 2011, but was found guilty after a trial at Newbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday, …

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Oct 03

Passengers warned after private hire driver convicted

A Huntingdon private hire driver who unlawfully plied for business in Peterborough has been fined £250 and £200 costs after pleading guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (September 25). Since the case Peterborough City Council has notified Huntingdonshire District Council of the issues the city is experiencing with Huntingdon licensed drivers. Following the conviction, …

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Jun 30

Pirate Hire Driver and Operator Fined for Plying for Hire

A private hire driver and his operator have been fined £715 each after illegally picking up plain clothed police officers in Peterborough city centre. Taxi driver Azur Hussain (31), of Taverners Road, committed the crime at 1.22am on February 26. He was caught by plain clothed police officers working in a joint operation between Peterborough …

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Apr 20

Private hire driver left out of pocket after ‘blagging’

A private hire driver who was caught unlawfully picking up a fare off the street has been left £850 out of pocket. Patrick Kahwa, a driver for Raffles in Milton Keynes, was caught plying for hire on 11th June last year as part of a test purchase operation by taxi licensing enforcement officers from Milton …

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Apr 18

Out of Town cabby hit with £600 fine for taking illegal journey

A TAXI driver has appeared in court and been slapped with a £600 bill for picking up a passenger when his cab was registered in a different county. Christopher Jones took a fare from Swansea’s High Street to Mumbles — but his vehicle was registered in Powys and he was therefore only allowed to take …

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Apr 13

At last, sanity prevails courtesy of Tewkesbury Borough Council

RULES affecting hackney carriage taxi drivers in Tewkesbury Borough Council’s area have been tightened up. From now on, any hackney carriage drivers wanting to operate a long way from Tewkesbury borough are unlikely to be granted a licence. It follows concern at other cases elsewhere in the country, notably in the north of England, where …

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