A Carlisle driver has been pleaded guilty to five offences including using his vehicle as a private hire without a licence and acting as a taxi driver without having a valid permit.
It is reported that the 52 years old driver Dariusz Kowalczyk of York Gardens, Carlisle pleaded guilty to five offences at North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Monday. The driver was ordered to pay a hefty amount of £735 for his combined offences including acting as a taxi driver without a licence, illegal plying for hire at a hackney carriage stand in a prohibited vehicle.
The driver was fined £200 each for the first two offences of driving without a licence. For the other four offences, the magistrate imposed the fine of £55 each. There was an order of £115 in terms of costs and the victim surcharge, which sums up a total penalty of £735.
According to a spokeswoman for Carlisle City Council, “All cases of an alleged illegal taxi and unlicensed private hire operations are being investigated, and where information is obtained to evidence, an illegal operation action will be taken. Carlisle City Council is taking the dangers of using unlicensed taxis and unlicensed private hire vehicles seriously following a court conviction.”
“People should not get tempted by the availability, or cheap taxi fare, the vehicle you are going to use may not be safe or insured, or the taxi driver is not a fit and qualified person. Properly authorised taxis have all these safeguards.”