A senior councillor has warned cabbies they will risk losing their licence if they go looking for fares illegally in Stone and Stafford.
Councillor Frank Finlay issued the warning after a private hire driver licensed in Stoke was caught taking fares, which were not pre-booked, in Stafford town centre.
Lucky Seven driver, Yasid Hussain, was given six penalty points on his licence as well as being ordered to pay fines and costs of £846 by magistrates in Newcastle under Lyme last week after admitting illegally plying for hire and driving with no insurance.
The court heard his licence with Stoke requires fares to be pre-booked. But the 26 year old of Alberta Street, Longton, was caught on CCTV picking up a number of fares in and around Stafford town centre earlier this year. A Lucky Seven driver was caught in 2015 in Stone too.
Following the case, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said that anyone caught plying for hire illegally ran the risk that the relevant licensing authority could take away their private hire licence.
“We are determined to clamp down on drivers who stick two fingers up at the law by picking up customers when they are not entitled to.
“One of our top priorities is the health and wellbeing of our community. We want to protect the public as they are at risk because these vehicles will not be insured if they are picking up passengers in this way.”
A report of the case has been sent by the Borough Council to Stoke on Trent City Council licensing department.
More information on taxis and private hire vehicles can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/taxis-and-minicabs