A cabbie has been ordered to pay more than £700 after illegally accepting fares in Reading.
Get Reading reports that Muhammad Ibrahim – who holds a joint hackney carriage and private hire licence with South Oxfordshire District Council - was found guilty of illegally plying for hire and operating without insurance on 7 March 2020.
He was found out after agreeing to take a fare from a council officer without a formal booking.
Ibrahim, from Reading, was also unable to produce his badges when requested of him at the roadside.
Ibrahim was found guilty at Reading Magistrates’ Court and has been ordered to pay a total of £732 in financial penalties, including a £200 fine, legal costs of £500, and a £30 victim surcharge.
Six penalty points were also added to his driving licence.
Cllr Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “Reading’s taxi and private hire drivers are facing an absolutely dismal time at present, with very low levels of business in the town.
“I hope that this judgement will deter any drivers thinking of working illegally in Reading, as such activity will not be tolerated, and every opportunity will be taken to prosecute those who contravene the laws.”
Test purchases and spot checks are carried out to protect the public by ensuring drivers and vehicles meet the standards set by Reading Borough Council and current taxi legislation.