Cabbies caught illegally picking up fares are fined

A fund set up in the wake of the Shoreham air disaster has received more than �15,000
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Four cab drivers were ordered to pay almost £3,000 for illegally picking up passengers without a prior appointment.

The drivers were taken to court for illegally plying for hire and as a result having no insurance under section 45 of Town & Police Clauses Act 1847.

They all appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Friday, 31 July and pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court heard how the cab drivers were caught by officers working for the council’s enforcement team following test purchases operations carried out last year.

Mr Stephen Deborah of Mullen Avenue, Downs Barn, a South Northamptonshire licensed driver, was caught in two separate test purchase operations last year.

He was fined a total of £1,331 for the offences of plying for hire and no insurance and given a total of 12 penalty points and disqualified from driving for 6 months.

South Northants driver Mr Shahid Muhammad-Akhtar, of Germander Place, Conniburrow, pleaded guilty to both offences of plying for hire and no insurance. He was fined a total of £525 and given 6 penalty points.

While two Milton Keynes licensed drivers pleaded guilty to the same offences of plying for hire and having no insurance.

Mr Collins Anamali Onyemefiene Oji, of The Gables, St Georges Way, Wolverton, was fined a total of £520 and was not disqualified from driving due to the court agreeing he faced exceptional hardship.

The other driver Mr Mohammed Humayun Kabir, of Duncombe Street, Bletchley, was fined a total of £525 and given 6 penalty points.

A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council said: “We will continue to carry out test purchasing until such times as no private hire drivers are found plying for hire in Milton Keynes and we are confident that the risks to public safety are minimal.

“In the meantime we would urge members of the public to seriously consider the risks they run when using private hire vehicles that they have not pre-booked, should the vehicle be involved in an accident it is not insured.

“We advise that the public either plan ahead and book their journey with a private hire operator or use a Hackney Carriage which can be legally hailed without pre-booking.”