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Uber driver fined hundreds for illegally plying for hire in York

York Council press release

Following action to enforce taxi regulations by the council, a driver was ordered to pay a total £546 by York Magistrates Court for illegally plying for fares in the city.

A driver has been ordered to pay a total £546 by York Magistrates Court for illegally plying for fares in the city, following action to enforce taxi regulations by City of York Council.

Council officers investigated complaints from fellow members of the taxi trade that Mohammed Nawaz, 25, of Cark Road, Keighley, had been seen plying for hire in the early hours of 9 October 2016 on George Hudson Street.

Video evidence showed him accept a fare that was not pre-booked and which contravenes the terms of his license.

Following the council investigation with the full co-operation of private hire operator Uber, for whom Nawaz was driving at the time, he pleaded guilty to the offence at York Magistrates Court on March 29th.

The court sentenced him yesterday to a fine of £79, a court surcharge of £30 and full prosecution costs of £427.

Evidence from the investigation included Uber’s confirmation that as a result of this incident it permanently closed Nawaz’s account with them on 1st November 2016. The conviction will also be reported to Rossendale Borough Council, the driver’s licensing authority.

Cllr Sam Lisle, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods at City of York Council, said:

“While we are lobbying for greater clarity over aspects of private hire legislation, it is very clear that the law does not permit drivers licensed for private hire to pick up passengers on the street who haven’t pre-booked a journey.

“Thanks to the co-operation of the operator, members of the trade and our taxi enforcement team, this verdict sends a clear message to the trade to abide by the law.”

ENDS

Posted by Peter Rose @peterjrose1

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