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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:11 am 
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This doesn't look particularly interesting at first, but it looks like school contracts, and one of the drivers had been unbadged for four months :shock:

Not really sure about the procedures councils use with regard to this kind of thing, and maybe it's just me, but doesn't the council sound just a tad defensive here? Thus maybe effectively acknowledging that they should have had procedures in place to prevent this kind of thing?

Of course, councils always keen to tell us how good they are at protecting the public, and how tough they are on errant drivers etc.

But particularly noticed use of the word 'routine' to describe the council's action here, and also the claim about 'regular and thorough checks throughout the year'. But as someone who doesn't know much about these things, to me it looks the opposite.

Alternatively, maybe the council is not being defensive at all, and is in fact being gung ho and a bit pleased with itself about catching up with this pair [-(


Two private hire drivers prosecuted for working without licences

https://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/180 ... -licences/

TWO private hire drivers who pleaded guilty to working without licences have been prosecuted as part of routine operations to protect public safety.

One driver has been disqualified for six months after operating for up to four months this year without a private hire driver licence.

He pleaded guilty at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on November 12 and was fined £400 (£200 for each charge relating to the driving without insurance).

Costs of £100 were awarded to the council along with a victim surcharge of £30.

Meanwhile, the other individual pleaded guilty to the charge of driving without a private hire driver’s licence and was handed a £500 fine with costs of £100 and victim surcharge of £50.

Following investigations by the council, it was found that both individuals did not have a private hire driver licence which therefore invalidated their insurance.

In both cases, the offences were committed as the men were carrying out home to school transport contracts involving children with disabilities.

Julie Middlehurst, regulatory services manager at Wigan Council said: “Our licensing enforcement officers carry out regular and thorough checks throughout the year to ensure all hackney carriages, private hire vehicles, operators and drivers are properly licensed.

“Although the overwhelming majority of our licensed drivers, vehicles and operators provide an excellent service, we have to keep an eye out for the small minority who see themselves as above the law.

“As a council we have a duty to uphold public safety and make sure customers are properly protected. These latest prosecutions show that we will take action against people who act in breach of taxi and private hire licensing regulations."

The successful prosecutions come as a timely reminder to all taxi and private hire drivers in the borough as licensing enforcement officers prepare to carry out checks during the Christmas period.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:26 am 
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Wonder what action has been taken against the private hire operator as it would appear they have committed several criminal offences.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:42 am 
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heathcote wrote:
Wonder what action has been taken against the private hire operator as it would appear they have committed several criminal offences.


Indeed, and I wondered at first if they might have been operating on their own account, but no mention of driving unplated vehicles or working without an operator's licence. So presumably driving some operator's plated PHVs at the time.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:46 am 
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yes sounds like an unscrupulous operator I think stripping them of the contracts at least should happen but maybe they should lose or be refused renewal of their ops license

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:09 pm 
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StuartW wrote:
heathcote wrote:
Wonder what action has been taken against the private hire operator as it would appear they have committed several criminal offences.


Indeed, and I wondered at first if they might have been operating on their own account, but no mention of driving unplated vehicles or working without an operator's licence. So presumably driving some operator's plated PHVs at the time.

Suspect there is a licensed operator somewhere, who I also suspect got the runs due to offering the cheapest price.

And now we know why.

Don't think the council have done much wrong, if anything they should be praised for their enforcement activities that caught out these bad guys.

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