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A Gedling taxi cab driver has been fined more than £700 for using his vehicle without a valid licence.

The driver was prosecuted by Gedling Borough Council at Nottingham Magistrates Court on February 22, 2021, for continuing to drive his taxi despite not holding a valid Gedling Borough Council taxi driver’s licence.

The driver was approached after the Gedling Borough Council’s Licensing Officers spotted the vehicle parked on Hayden Road, Sherwood. After carrying out additional checks, it became apparent that the registered driver of the vehicle did not hold a current taxi driver licence.  

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PICTURED: Library photo of a taxi driver is stopped by police and council officials. (PHOTO: GBC)

When contacted, the driver claimed, he believed he was allowed to drive the vehicle as he had submitted his application, despite his current badge being out of date. A letter from the council had previously been sent to the driver stating that he must allow up to 15 working days for the license to be issued while checks are made to the application.

The driver was found guilty of driving without a valid licence by the courts and ordered to pay a £50 fine and costs of £678. 

Councillor David Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: “Any driver or vehicle must go through the correct application process, including a number of checks to ensure that it is safe, legal and appropriate for a taxi vehicle or taxi driver licence to be issued.

“We notify existing drivers of timescales for renewals and it is their responsibility to ensure that their licence does not expire before a renewal license is issued, in the same way you’d expect for your own car insurance or road tax for example.

“This process is in place to ensure that anyone who gets into a Gedling Borough Council licensed vehicle will be driven by someone who meets the standards required of them.

“The vast majority of our drivers already follow this process but wherever there is a breach of these requirements we will take the appropriate legal action.”  

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1 COMMENT

  1. Gedling Taxi Licensing sent my renewal forms: which included an enhanced CRB check (every 3rd yearly re-application).
    Promptly re-applied, 8 weeks later… CRB couldn’t tell me when the completed check would be sent to Gedling.
    Council refused to re-issue my badge. Complained to my MP, who complained to Licensing.
    Council “made a note of circumstances” and allowed me to work. With an out of date badge, pending my CRB!
    They make it up as they go along; and they make a LOT of money from license fees, vehicle tests, medicals, etc.
    Especially as they’ve issued huge numbers of licenses (without enough trade).
    Refused to cap numbers, refused to survey public demand, lied about the number of licenses issued (FOI request).
    And not one of them has ever driven a Taxi, or has the faintest idea about the job.

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