A taxi driver illegally touting for fares without a black cab licence was recently caught and fined a hefty £690 in the Nottingham area.
Mr Muhammad Asif Farid, who works in the taxi trade in the city but who’s hackney cab licence had expired when he was discovered, was found idling in the hackney taxi rank by licensing officers from Erewash Borough Council, who were off duty at the time of spotting him in Ilkeston Market Place.
It was claimed by the council officers that Mr Farid’s hackney carriage had initially failed a council depot inspection in advance of being able to renew his licence before its expiration date of February 24th. The vehicle required mechanical work and should then have been re-submitted to the council for testing, however, there was no availability for this inspection to be carried out again before 5th March. Therefore, when Muhammed visited the rank on 1st March he did so with no licence.
Muhammed left the rank when asked to do so by the councillors, but the issue was still brought to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates court where despite his not guilty pleas, the cabbie was convicted and charged almost £700 – an initial £100 for the offence itself coupled with council costs totalling £560 and a victim surcharge of another £30.
Speaking of the incidents, the lead environment member at Erewash Borough Council Garry Hickton commented “Licensing rules are there for a reason and we take any breach seriously. We require the highest standards from taxi drivers in the borough and on this occasion, Mr Farid did not meet them. It should serve as a warning that we will always take action.”