A cabbie from Stoke on Trent has been hit with six penalty points and a bill of more than £1,000 for plying for hire illegally.
Lucky Seven private hire driver, Bilal Hussain, was caught in a joint operation between Stafford Borough Council and police in Stone.
The 29 year old from Hamilton Road was given a 12 month conditional discharge, fined £205 and given six penalty points on his driving licence after admitting plying for hire and having no insurance when he appeared at court on Tuesday (10 November). He was also ordered to pay costs of £786.60 and a victim surcharge of £20 by magistrates in Newcastle Under Lyme.
Undercover officers approached his vehicle in Station Road, Stone and Hussain agreed to take them to the town’s Darlaston Inn, in April.
Drivers who do not have a hackney carriage licence can only pick up passengers that have booked in advance – and it is illegal for them to collect customers in the street or from a taxi rank.
The joint ‘Safer Nights’ operation aims to reduce the risks to residents of uninsured and unsafe vehicles on the roads in the borough.