Plymouth minicab driver caught by sting operation » National Taxi Association

Plymouth minicab driver caught by sting operation » National Taxi Association

A PRIVATE hire driver was hauled before magistrates after he was caught red-handed picking up a fare without a booking. The driver was caught picking up two test purchasers off the street without the fare being pre-booked during a test purchase operation carried out by Plymouth City Council in September. Known as ‘plying for hire’, these pick-ups are not covered by the car’s insurance so put passengers at risk. If passengers have problems the journey will not be recorded and circumstances of any complaint are more difficult to investigate. The driver was found guilty of three offences of plying for hire without a licence, not having valid insurance as he was covered for ‘hire and reward by prior appointment only’ and also not wearing his identity badge. He was fined £100 at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday(May 1) for the first count, £200 and six penalty points for dr...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=9003

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