Taxi driver convicted of fraud and stripped of licence for not declaring conviction

The Lancashire Telegraph reports that a TAXI driver has been convicted of fraud and had his licence revoked after failing to declare a conviction.

Shahid Javaid, of Arnold Street, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty on August 19 at Burnley Magistrates Court to fraud by false representation.

He was fined £80 in total and was ordered to pay £150 costs.

His licence has also been cancelled.

Rossendale Borough Council’s Licensing department had previously granted a hackney carriage licence driver to Javaid.

He had failed to declare his conviction of driving without insurance on a previous hackney license with another licensing authority when he applied to Rossendale Council.

The enforcement team at Rossendale collated a vast amount of evidence for the case which resulted in the guilty plea.

Councillor Steve Hughes, chair of Rossendale Council’s licensing committee welcomed this conviction.

He said: “This shows the important work our enforcement officers are doing and how their work is monitoring and making sure that taxis are a safe transport option for the public.

“It is simply unacceptable to fail to declare convictions on your application form and this case shows our enforcement officers will find out.”