Two minicab drivers caught illegally picking up passengers in council sting » National Taxi Association

TWO private hire drivers were caught picking up customers illegally in a council sting. Both Absar Ahmed and Irfanbhai Malatgar stopped for undercover council officers in Bradshawgate despite not being licensed to pick passengers up on the street. A council spokesman said private hire vehicles must be booked in advance, and the drivers had not undergone the necessary procedures to ply for trade. Both Ahmed and Malatgar, who were also not insured to be flagged down for fares , were fined £375. Ahmed, aged 34, of Orchid Avenue, Farnworth, faced losing his driving licence after magistrates endorsed it with eight points, taking him over the standard banning threshold of 12. But the bench opted not to disqualify him from driving as Ahmed would lose his job as a minicab driver, which would affect his ability to pay his mortgage. The court was told he was the sole income provider...

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