A taxi driver working in Harrogate has been successfully prosecuted after breaching multiple licensing conditions earlier this year.
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The case has prompted Harrogate Borough Council to issue a reminder of what to look for when getting a taxi.
It comes after the authority successfully prosecuted Bradford man, Ibrarh Khan (29), for using a licensed private hire vehicle without valid insurance, plying for hire without a hackney carriage licence and carrying more passengers than is lawful.
The incident was reported to the council after five passengers – more than the legally-allowed maximum of four – were seen getting into his vehicle on Kings Road in January.
Following investigations by the the council, it was found that Mr Khan did not have a hackney carriage licence, which therefore invalidated his insurance which constituted a separate offence.
He attended Harrogate Magistrates Court last month, where he plead guilty to all three offences, receiving eight penalty points for dirivng without a insurance, as well as a £290 fine.
Costs of £400 were awarded to the borough council along with a victim surcharge of £30.
Mr Khan voluntarily surrendered his dual driver’s taxi licence ahead of facing court.
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Following the incident, Councillor Victoria Oldham, chairman of Harrogate Borough Council’s licensing committee, said in a statement: “Valid insurance and adherence to the basic rules for taxi licensing are essential for keeping the public safe when they are using a licensed vehicle.”
“We will do all we can to ensure drivers abide by the legal requirements and that passengers are taking a safe journey. And if they don’t, we will do all that we can to ensure they are prosecuted for their actions.”
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The council subsequently took to social media to remind residents what they should be aware of when getting a taxi:
* Only hackney carriage vehicles (those with an official blue Harrogate Borough Council door sign and a roof light) can be hailed on the street or be picked up from a rank.
* Private hire vehicles (those with an official red Harrogate Borough Council door sign and no roof light) must be pre-booked before taking a journey. Drivers should also be wearing an official council-issued name-badge.
* Vehicles are subject to insurance checks and a full mechanical inspection, while licensed drivers must pass a knowledge test and regular medical and criminal record checks.