Reading Taxi Driver Loses Appeal

A READING TAXI driver has been hit with heavy fines and lost an appeal against his conviction after illegally plying for hire in Reading.

Hadier Ali Khan, age 48, of Oak Drive Woodley, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 31st October 2016, where he was found guilty of illegally plying for hire and ordered to pay a fine of £800, costs of £1,738 and victim surcharge £80.

Mr Khan subsequently appealed the Magistrates’ decision at the Crown Court on 3rd March 2017. The judge dismissed his appeal and ordered Mr Khan to pay a fine of £300 with costs of £900.

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 operate illegally.”

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.

Victoria Nickless

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