Unlicensed taxi driver disqualified from driving and fined
A Hemsworth man,
who worked as an unlicensed private hire driver, has received a significant
fine and has been disqualified from driving for twelve months.
Magistrates’ Court heard that Keith
Walker, 53, of Lodge Street, Hemsworth had been seen driving a private hire car
owned and operated by Debra Tingey of 001 Cars / Tingey Taxi’s in South Elmsall
when he did not have a private hire driver licence.
Mr Walker was
also seen again driving the same car having picked up passengers from Kinsley
and driving them to South Kirkby.
On Friday 28
February, magistrates gave Mr Walker credit for entering a guilty plea. He was
fined £205 for the Licensing & Road Traffic Act offences which
included no insurance and was handed a twelve month disqualification from
driving. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32 and legal costs
of £531.65, totalling £768.65.
Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and
Poverty, said: “Mr Walker was found to be operating as an unlicensed private
hire driver and this would have meant that he was not properly vetted or
insured to carry passengers. His behaviour was totally unacceptable and the
court has taken these matters very seriously.
safety must always come first, and I hope the disqualification and fine, sends
out a very clear message that ignoring the rules will not be tolerated.
enforcement officers are out on the ground and are working closely with
officers from West Yorkshire Police to detect and bring offenders to justice.”
vehicles are licensed through the Wakefield Council’s Licensing Department and
once licensed, can only be driven by a driver who has been approved and