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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:36 pm 
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Fake taxi drivers convicted after undercover sting during Cheltenham races

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/n ... er-3591849

Borough council takes them, and other drivers from out of town, to court

Three fake taxi drivers, and two who were real but operated unlawfully, have been convicted after they were caught by an undercover sting during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

All five drivers attended Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court and entered a guilty plea for the offences of plying for hire and driving without valid insurance.

It followed them stopping their vehicles for council enforcement officers during an undercover taxi operation during the busy racing event.

A further five cases are also pending prosecution.

On March 12, an Audi A3 driven by Jamie Herbert was stopped by officers. The 19-year-old from Cheltenham holds only a DVLA driving licence and is not a hackney carriage driver.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £120, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £300. Six penalty points were also imposed by the magistrates.

On the same evening, a Seat Ibiza was driven by Wiktor Michalak, from Bishop’s Cleeve. The 22-year-old also holds only a DVLA driving licence and is not a hackney carriage driver.

He was fined £392 and told to pay a victim surcharge of £39 and costs of £350. Six penalty points were also added to his licence imposed by the magistrates.

Also during the same evening, Ahmed Farooq, from Gloucester, stopped in his Skoda Octavia, a private hire vehicle licensed by Gloucester City Council.

After establishing the driver was free and available, a price for the journey was agreed and officers got into the car, before requesting that the driver pull over.

As a private hire driver, Farooq can only lawfully carry passengers who have booked their journey in advance through his Gloucester operator.

After his guilty plea, the 39-year-old was ordered to pay a fine of £346, a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £400. He also received six penalty points.

On the morning of March 13, a black Nissan Juke driven by Jonathan Thomas stopped in response to two council enforcement officers. The vehicle was found to have been hired by a rental firm for the week.

Thomas, 27 and from Gloucester, holds only a DVLA driving licence and is not a hackney carriage driver.

He was fined £415, victim surcharge of £41 and costs of £500. The magistrates also imposed eight penalty points, however due to points already imposed on his DVLA licence, he was subsequently disqualified from driving for six months.

On March 15, council officers approached a Volkswagen Sharan displaying a private hire vehicle licence by South Gloucestershire Council.

After establishing the driver, Mustaf Ali, was free and available, and a price for the journey agreed, officers got into the car before requesting the driver pull over.

As a private hire driver, Ali can only lawfully carry passengers who have booked their journey in advance through his South Gloucestershire operator.

After his guilty plea, the 35-year-old from Bristol was ordered to pay a fine of £230, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £500. He was also given six penalty points.

Sarah Hughes, licensing enforcement officer said: “These prosecutions give a warning to drivers who wish to capitalise on the additional footfall to Cheltenham during Gold Cup week that we will take action should they operate unlawfully.

“Where drivers prosecuted are taxi or private hire drivers, the local authority in which they are licensed will be informed of any prosecutions and these authorities may then refer the matter to their licensing committee to review the drivers licence. Ultimately a driver found guilty of these offences may end up with a fine, points on their DVLA driving licence and their professional licence being revoked.

“The public should be made aware that if they get into a vehicle not operating lawfully, they will not be covered by insurance in the event of an accident. The council urges the public to ensure that the vehicle that they get into is properly licensed, either by pre-booking a private hire vehicle in advance through an operator or by taking a journey with a Cheltenham licensed hackney carriage vehicle.

“Our enforcement officers will continue to carry out spot checks and monitor activity during major race meets.”


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wouldn't be Cheltenham without a few getting caught PFH :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:27 pm 
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On March 12, an Audi A3 driven by Jamie Herbert was stopped by officers. The 19-year-old from Cheltenham holds only a DVLA driving licence and is not a hackney carriage driver.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £120, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £300. Six penalty points were also imposed by the magistrates.

If he is 19 and gets 6 points then that should be the end of his license.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:34 pm 
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On March 12, an Audi A3 driven by Jamie Herbert was stopped by officers. The 19-year-old from Cheltenham holds only a DVLA driving licence and is not a hackney carriage driver.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £120, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £300. Six penalty points were also imposed by the magistrates.

If he is 19 and gets 6 points then that should be the end of his license.



until he retakes his test :wink:

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He may have a Polish licence, points not valid, though he could be banned from driving in the UK.


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roythebus wrote:
He may have a Polish licence, points not valid, though he could be banned from driving in the UK.



hmmmm..........jamie herbert yes a classic polish name :lol:

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