Local taxi firm ordered to pay over £8,000 in fines and costs after making illegal bookings

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The owner of a private vehicle hire business in North West Leicestershire is to pay more than £8,000 in fines and costs for allowing an unlicensed driver to make bookings illegally.

Ejaz Ahmed, 51, Hunter Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £6,384 in costs and a victim surcharge of £160.

Ahmed has failed to comply with a North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) investigation into an employee who was driving an unlicensed private hire vehicle (PHV) for his Ashby-based business, A1 Taxis.

The business owner knowingly employed the driver without the required private hire license and failed to keep vital records deleting information relevant to the council’s investigation.

Ahmed pleaded guilty on July 29, 2022, and magistrates imposed the fine and court costs on him. The £8,144 will be paid in installments of £678.

Councilor Andrew Woodman, Community Services portfolio holder, said: “This is the largest fine we have ever won in court for this type of offence, which reflects the seriousness of the crime.

“Illegal activity like this puts the safety of people, including passengers and other road users, at risk, and the role of our licensing officers is to prevent that from happening. .

“We are fortunate that these breaches occur rarely and residents can rest assured that choosing to travel with one of our licensed operators is both a safe and reliable option.”

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