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Taxi driver fined hundreds after illegal Guildford journeys

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Taxi driver fined hundreds after illegal Guildford journeys

Published at 4:52pm 4th December 2017.

A taxi driver found guilty of illegally 'plying for hire' in Guildford town centre has been fined over £300.

He was caught out after taking a 'mystery shopper' on a journey in November 2016 that was not pre-booked, an operation carried out on behalf of the town's council.

Because he was driving a private hire vehicle licensed by Woking Borough Council, this was an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. 

Despite denying the offence, the man was found guilty following a trial at Guildford Magistrates Court on 27 November.

He has been fined £300 and will have to pay a £30 victim surcharge, meanwhile Guildford Borough Council has been awarded £1,000 costs.

The driver also has a private hire driver's licence with Guildford Borough Council who say they will be taking further action.

Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood, said: "We are pleased with the success of this prosecution and our effective ‘mystery shopper’ exercise.

"This is the fourth such successful action we have taken this year which has come about from the hard work carried out by our licensing officers.

"It sends a clear message that we will not tolerate illegal activity, and if taxi drivers break the rules in Guildford they will be caught and they risk losing their livelihood.

"In the run up to the busy festive season, we want all members of the public to enjoy their celebrations and get home safely.

"We would remind people celebrating in Guildford to take one of our licensed liveried taxis home, or book a private hire vehicle thorough one of our licensed operators so as to ensure a safe journey home."


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