An uninsured minicab driver has picked up a fine for illegally plying his trade in Cambridge after a crackdown. Well lets face it, you didn't really expect it to be in London, did you?
Asaddar Ali, a private hire driver, was caught in a joint operation by Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire police. And you didn't really expect it to be LTPH and the Met either!
Ali, of Bullen Close, Cambridge, has been convicted of unlawfully picking up passengers following a joint investigation.
The 50-year-old was found guilty by city magistrates this week of plying for hire for which he was fined £110.
Did you hear that Mr Mason, it does exist, Illegal Plying For Hire. And the case went before a magistrate that knew and understood the law!
Because he wasn't booked, Ali's vehicle was found to be uninsured against third party risks, for which he was fined £150 and issued six penalty points.
It now has to be pointed out that this is always the case, for illegal plying for hire as well as touting. LTPH once told me they concentrate on touting because its a more serious offence, which simply is not true.
Ali already had six points on his driver’s licence and so was disqualified from driving immediately for six months.
Ali is the last of the nine drivers who have been convicted of unlawfully picking up passengers on the evening of February 24-25 in the operation. did you see that Mr Mason, 9 drivers convicted of illegal plying for hire in 24 hours. As opposed to TfL's record of 0 drivers convicted ever of illegal plying for hire, under their watch as licensing authority.
Cllr Colin Rosenstiel, the council’s licensing committee chairman, said:
“We will always try to educate the taxi and private hire traded and provide guidance on appropriate practices, but where this approach fails we have no alternative but to deal firmly with breaches".
I have it on good authority that there are also no mass murderers, or anyone wanted in connection for genocide, driving minicabs in Cambridge.
He went on to say:
“The licensing team from Cambridge City Council has a commitment to ensure that the trade keeps within the law and ensure public safety.”
Hope you caught that Mr Mason, Mr Daniels and Mr Hendy!
"Only hackney carriages are licensed by Cambridge City Council to ply for hire in the city".
"Private hire vehicles are only licensed to take pre-booked fares and cannot be hailed to pick up passengers on the street.
Cllr Jeremy Benstead, vice chairman of licensing, said:
“Cambridge City Council has a commitment to ensuring that licensed activities stay within the law"
which is more than can be said for TfL/KTPH.
"Illegal use of private hire vehicles can put the public at risk, and won’t be tolerated".
Perhaps this is why London has such an appalling record when it comes to serious sexual assaults and rapes in minicabs.
“The vast majority of private hire drivers operate within the law, but the city council will ensure that those who choose to operate outside of it are dealt with firmly.”
Unfortunately people's safety in London is compromised by TfL, LTPH and the Metropolitan police with a policy of turning a blind eye in order just to clear the streets.
NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, HOW DO THESE MEN SLEEP AT NIGHT.
NEWS JUST IN FROM READING
Private hire driver fined £2,000 for illegal pick-up
November 07, 2012
A private hire driver who illegally picked up a customer in the town centre has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after appearing in court.
Mohammed Arif, of Northumberland Avenue, denied plying for trade in Friar Street on December 8, 2011, but was found guilty after a trial at Newbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 30.
The court heard Arif, 61, had been caught during an undercover operation by Reading Borough Council with Thames Valley Police officers acting as customers.
Magistrates fined Arif £110 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,016.60.
Councillor Paul Gittings, Reading’s lead member for environment, said he was pleased with the outcome.
“Most people who flag down a private hire vehicle in the street do not understand it is illegal and they are uninsured for the journey,” he said.