Fine for unlicensed minicab driver caught at Stansted Airport » National Taxi Association

AN unlicensed private hire driver who picked up a passenger at Stansted Airport has been fined £200 by magistrates and ordered to pay £320 in legal costs. Barry Meecham, 61, of Latchmore Bank, Great Hallingbury, told a police officer he was doing it as a favour to his wife who did have an Uttlesford District Council (UDC) private hire licence. Meecham did not attend Chelmsford Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, May 29) or enter a plea to the offence of using a private hire vehicle without a current licence on January 13 this year and magistrates found the case proved in his absence. Prosecutor Michael Perry, for UDC, told the court a police officer on mobile patrol saw a man with a suitcase waiting near the Radisson Blu Hotel about 8pm and told him he should not be waiting in that area to be picked up. He then saw a Renault Trafic MPV, bearing an UDC licence plate, arrive...

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