A former Sevenoaks minicab boss has been fined after being found guilty of operating without a licence.
Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, of Glyn Davies Close, was convicted of two counts of the offence at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
The 31-year-old was fined £180 per count plus a £20 victim surcharge and £1,200 in costs, totalling £1,580.
Sevenoaks Taxis – the firm he used to run – was ordered to pay £4,600.
Sevenoaks District Council investigated allegations that Jabbar had been collecting fares without a licence and found CCTV footage of him taking fares on 2 and 24 August 2015, despite having his licence revoked for a drink driving offence in January 2014.
Sevenoaks Taxis did not attend court but was found guilty in its absence on three charges at the same court hearing and was fined £500 per count, plus £1,500 in costs and a £50 surcharge totalling £3,050.
A spokesman for the firm has previously said Jabbar is no longer anything to do with the business.
Councillor Anna Firth, Sevenoaks District Council portfolio holder for licensing, says: “We take the safety of the travelling public very seriously and we work hard to ensure drivers are fit and proper people to do the job.
“In this case a driver had no licence so wasn’t insured to pick up the public.
“Our licensing and legal teams worked hard to bring about this successful prosecution and the size of the fine and costs demonstrates the magistrates took the case seriously.
“I hope this prosecution sends out a warning to rogue drivers who are thinking about breaking the law.”
Sevenoaks Taxis has 28 days from the court cases to pay the £3,050 fine and costs. Jabbar has been ordered to pay his fine and costs at £40 a month.
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