A DRIVER has been hit with heavy fines after twice illegally plying for hire in Reading.
Abid Hussain, 54, of Blenheim Road, Reading, was found guilty of plying for hire in an unlicensed vehicle and as an unlicensed driver. On a second occasion he was caught illegally waiting at a taxi rank.
On 17th December 2015, Council licensing officers carried out a test purchase and found Hussain driving unlicensed.
On 23rd May 2016, Hussain was again caught in the hackney carriage rank in Bridge St, Reading, without a driver or vehicle licence.
At Reading Magistrate’s Courts on 10th and 13th January 2017, Mr Hussain was fined a total of £2,468. He was found guilty of plying for hire as an unlicensed driver in an unlicensed vehicle and fined £880, He was also ordered to pay costs to the Council of £1500 and a victim surcharge of £88. Mr Hussain did not attend court.
Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Consumer Services, said:
“This is a positive outcome which upholds regulations that are in place to protect the public. I hope cases such as this will serve as a deterrent to drivers who are tempted to work illegally in Reading.”
Test purchases and spot checks are carried out to protect the public by ensuring drivers and vehicles meet the standards set by Reading Borough Council and current taxi legislation.