Each incident of plying for hire
gives rise to two criminal offences of firstly plying for hire
in an unlicensed vehicle (in the sense that a private hire vehicle is not licensed to ply for hire as a hackney carriage is) and secondly, driving without insurance covering them for third party risks arising from using their vehicle for public hire.
Mohsin Allahi Bashir, 22, of Middleton Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle pleaded guilty by letter to plying for hire
outside of his licensed area and of operating without proper insurance.
The tweet from the council's licensing department stated: "Operation Topaz today at LFC game resulted in 1 Sefton, 1 Knowsley and 1 Liverpool PHD (Private Hire Driver) reported for prosecution for illegally plying for hire
A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: "Licensing enforcement officers have investigated Mr Khan's claims with regards to private hire vehicle's illegally plying for hire
A total of 33 private hire drivers were caught plying for hire
- something they are banned from doing as they are legally only allowed to take pre-booked journeys.
The 52-year-old Stockton Council-licensed driver was fined PS300 each for offences of plying for hire
in an unlicensed vehicle and having no insurance and was ordered to pay a PS30 victim surcharge.
With regard to the police prosecuting drivers plying for hire
, I can only say that in these difficult circumstances it is unhelpful to those with walking difficulties.
He had previously been convicted of illegally plying for hire
, but not for operating without valid insurance.
This would eliminate unlawful plying for hire
by private hire vehicles and would benefit the travelling public who simply want properly regulated taxis, something that other European countries seem to have embraced many years ago.
Kirklees officers have drawn up a proposed system which includes nine points for illegally plying for hire
; six points for carrying an offensive weapon and four points for unreasonably prolonging a journey.
Johns, 50, of Fossway, Byker, Newcastle, admitted plying for hire
outside his licensed area and operating without proper insurance and was fined pounds 125 with pounds 175 costs.
They claim up to 100 outsiders are illegally plying for hire
in city streets and sitting on Coventry ranks.