Fine and penalty points for taxi driver
A taxi driver has been fined £500 and six penalty points after using an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle for private hire.
Tye Edwards, 40, of Cromwell Avenue, Thame, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ on Tuesday 4 April when he pleaded guilty to operating a private hire vehicle without a valid licence and using a vehicle without insurance.
Magistrates heard how, on 11 September 2016, Edwards, trading as KML Cars, was stopped by police on the M25.
Edwards, who was transporting passengers at the time, had failed to display a private hire vehicle plate which is required by law. An expired plate, found hidden under a jacket inside the vehicle, revealed that his licence had ended ten months earlier.
Further enquiries revealed that Edwards’ vehicle had also failed a roadworthiness test in March 2016, meaning that he was operating the vehicle unlawfully and his insurance was therefore invalid.
The passengers were being taken to Heathrow and the private hire journey had been booked through their travel agent – both believed that the vehicle was a legitimate private hire.
Margaret Reed, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Taxi drivers are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are on the road legally. This was a serious case where someone was charging people to ride in an unlicensed, uninsured and unroadworthy vehicle. This was potentially very dangerous for the passengers and other road users.
“We would also urge anyone using a private hire or hackney carriage vehicle to check that it has a valid licence plate before they get into the vehicle.”
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Magistrates imposed a £500 fine, a victim surcharge of £50, £500 towards prosecution costs and six penalty points on Mr Edwards’ driving licence.
Tye Edwards is no longer licensed by either the South Oxfordshire or Vale of White Horse District Council to drive a private hire or hackney carriage vehicle.”