A TAXI driver has been hit with a financial penalty of £1,550 after illegally plying for hire in Reading.
Mr Rashid Kayani, aged 42 of Manchester Road, Reading, was found guilty at Reading Magistrates’Court of illegally plying for hire in Reading.
At 11.45pm on Saturday 21st January 2017, the taxi driver was observed by two Council officers in Bridge Street, Reading, picking up two passengers outside House of Fraser, who had flagged him down. As Council officers approached Mr Kayani’s vehicle he drove off towards the inner distribution road.
Mr Kayani appeared at court on Tuesday 6th February, where he was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of £500, a £50 victim surcharge and £1000 costs.
Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Consumer Services, said:
“I hope this prosecution serves as a deterrent to drivers who are tempted to work illegally and opportunistically 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.