Private hire driver admits plying for hire
A private hire driver from Telford has admitted ‘plying for hire’; picking up a fare that had not been pre-booked.
It follows an operation in Madeley in November last year involving Telford & Wrekin Council’s Licensing team and West Mercia Police.
Sajid Mahmood of Crescent Road, Hadley didn’t attend Telford Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 14 June) but entered his guilty plea in writing through his solicitor.
Mr. Mahmood was ordered to pay a total of £1,000 in fines and costs.
Cllr Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for enforcement said: “Private hire drivers aren’t licensed in the same way as taxi drivers. It is illegal for private hire drivers to pick-up fares that haven’t pre-booked. It may also invalidate a driver’s insurance, putting passengers at risk.
“Earlier this year, we introduced distinctive yellow signs which private hire vehicles must display on their doors. Look out for these signs. For your safety, journeys in these vehicles must be pre-booked.”
Telford & Wrekin Council’s licensing team runs plying for hire operations throughout the year. Two other private hire drivers appeared before Telford Magistrates yesterday and pleaded not guilty to plying for hire and having no insurance. Their cases are due to be heard on separate dates in August.
The public can report any suspicious or illegal activity or any concerns about private hire or taxis by using the Everyday Telford app or calling 01952 381818.