A CABBIE has had his Hackney Carriage licence revoked after failing to tell Torbay Council of his driving ban.
Members of the council’s licensing sub-committee heard that Gabor Tardi received 15 points on his licence for a series of driving offences.
These included running a red light, having no insurance, and driving without due care and attention.
Because he passed the 12-point threshold, Mr Tardi lost his driving licence for six months, but neglected to inform the council.
However, it was stressed that there was nothing to suggest Mr Tardi ever drove a vehicle while serving his driving ban.
Cllr Ian Doggett said: “He seems to have a history of motoring offences. Was he aware of all the things he should be doing?”
Craig Noble, Torbay Council’s licensing enforcement officer, responded: “He’s worked for a number of taxi companies.
“All licence applicants are informed of the requirements and they are duty-bound to read through the handbook.”
A council report told committee members that in 2007 Tardi picked up six points and a fine for driving with no insurance. The car was seized and crushed.
Then, in February 2010, he picked up a further three points and a £150 fine for going through a red light.
Steve Cox, licensing officer, said: “The nature of the offences give me cause for concern.
“I think a message needs to be sent out saying we won’t put up with someone who breaks the rules.”
Cllr Peter Addis, committee chairman, asked Mr Tardi: “Why didn’t you inform the authorities?”
Mr Tardi replied: “I didn’t know the law.”
Cllr Addis said: “You should know the law.”
Mr Tardi admitted: “I should have told the licensing officer. It was my mistake.”
After retiring to debate Mr Tardi’s hackney carriage licence, the committee returned to revoke it until April 2011.
Mr Tardi was told that he will not be able to reapply for this licence until January 2012, when a minimum of 12 months will have passed since the end of his driving ban.
Councillors said they revoked the licence because they were not satisfied that Mr Tardi was a fit and proper person to currently hold such a permit.