Friday, February 07, 2014

And Now For Some Really Good News.by Jim Thomas.

Minicab tout is banned from driving for 12 months, has car impounded and is given £100 fine with £105 costs, for operating outside Gants Hill nightclub

A 44-year-old man has been fined for touting outside a Gants Hill nightclub.

Abiodun Dada, of Yellowpine Way, Chigwell, was spotted on CCTV operating outside Faces nightclub, Cranbrook Road, at 2.20am on January 26.

Two young females and a male were seen getting into his Renault Scenic, unaware that using an unbooked minicab driver, is illegal. 

Picking up passengers in this way also means any insurance would be void.

The Renault was then stopped by police at Redbridge roundabout.

After interviewing the passengers, Dada was charged with touting and also with driving without insurance. Ordered to appear at Barkingside Magistrates Court, he was slapped with a £100 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and his car was seized.

Det Supt Ellie O’Connor said revellers should make sure they only travel in licensed taxis, preferably by phoning a company directly.

If you get in an unbooked minicab, it's just a stranger with a car.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Step in the right direction but they are still there every Friday and Saturday - yellow badge who works this venue

Anonymous said...

Who prosecuted, met police? Essex police or local council.

Anonymous said...

Well it definitely wasn't the TfL Legal team...
he would have got off!

Ron R. said...

It's all down to the hard work of Steve Barker and the RMT troys up there! yes it's still a honeypot but other trade orgs have allowed it to go unchecked for years.