Derby man used forged documents to work as a taxi driver

Manveer Singh Khakh pleaded guilty at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today to 23 offences relating driving a taxi without the correct licence.

The court heard Khakh had been given private hire work by an operator in Derby on the basis that he was licensed as a hackney carriage driver with Gedling Borough Council.

Derby City Council’s licensing team carried out an investigation which found that Khakh had not been licensed as a hackney carriage driver by Gedling Borough Council since December 17, 2014, and that he had been allocated work by providing forged documents to the operator.

The city council said it was pleased with the outcome of the case.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, who has responsibility for licensing at Derby City Council, said he was pleased with the outcome of the case. He said: “This is a welcome decision by the magistrates that highlights one of the loopholes created by hackney carriages licensed in other local authorities working in the city.

“This sends a clear message to drivers that, if they are found to be operating in the city without the correct authorisation, the council will not hesitate to take action against them. We intend to continue our pressure on other local authorities who license drivers operating in Derby to close these licensing loopholes.”

A spokesman for Derby City Council said following the case that all operator licence holders in the city were being reminded of the importance of stringently checking documents provided by drivers to ensure they were genuine prior to allocating work to them.

Khakh was charged under section 47 of the town and police clauses act 1847. He was fined £60 per offence, in total £1,380, but, due to his guilty plea, the fine was reduced to £920. Derby City Council was awarded £1,977.35 costs.