Transport for London’s Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Teams have successfully prosecuted four more drivers as part of its ongoing activity to crack down on non-compliant drivers in the Capital.
Meherj Husain Cohudhury, 46, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 February 2015. He was reported for touting and illegally accepting a booking on Clapham High Street, in a vehicle that was not registered as a private hire vehicle (PHV) and without a valid PHV driver’s licence, on Sunday 26 July 2014. He pleaded guilty to five separate offences, including driving without insurance and was ordered to pay £570 in fines and court costs. He was also disqualified from driving for eight months.
Habib Sheikhomar, 50, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 January 2015. He was reported for illegally plying for hire and accepting a booking on Acre Lane, South West London, on Sunday 18 May 2014, as well as working without a valid PHV driver’s licence and motor vehicle insurance. He was ordered to pay £1430 in fines and court costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Abdirahman Nurie Yusuf, 45, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 January 2015. He was reported for illegally plying for hire and illegally accepting a booking on Chalk Farm Road, London, without a valid PHV drivers licence on Friday 6 June 2014. He was found to have been previously convicted for touting and driving without insurance less than a month earlier and this was drawn to the court’s attention. He was found guilty of four separate offences and ordered to pay £1410 in fines and court costs as well as being disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Leonard Ofori-Atta, 53, was sentenced at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 8 January 2015. He was reported for illegally plying for hire, accepting a booking and driving without appropriate insurance on Whitcomb Street, London, on Thursday 16 January 2014. He was found guilty of three separate offences including driving without third party motor vehicle insurance and ordered to pay £2799 in fines and court costs and his DVLA driver’s licence endorsed with six penalty points.
These cases were all led by TfL’s compliance and legal teams, and are in addition to prosecutions which are undertaken by London’s policing agencies to improve taxi and private hire safety across the Capital. Steve Burton, Director of Enforcement and On Street Operations at TfL, said: “These are great result for TfL and our Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Team and shows how committed we are to rid our streets of illegal and unsafe drivers who undermine the legitimate trade. The travelling public are at the heart of what we do, we care about every journey they make and will continue to crack down on any illegal activity.”
Since the beginning of this year, TfL has recorded 18 successful convictions for illegal plying for hire and other related offences with many more cases currently awaiting court dates.
TfL’s Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Team carry out vehicle and driver licensing checks across London to keep the public safe and stamp out illegal activity. They work closely with the police, together delivering over six hundred operations every year. They also carry out evening patrols in hotspot locations, plain clothes anti-touting operations and high visibility enforcement activities to detect and deter bogus cab drivers. The public can report touting or illegal cabs on the TfL website here: https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12368.aspx