The operator of a taxi firm has been fined a total of £266 following a successful prosecution by Erewash Borough Council.
Fahad Shabbir, private hire operator at L.E.Taxis in Long Eaton, pleaded guilty to driving or allowing another to drive a motor vehicle on a road without a valid M.O.T test certificate, contrary to section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The case was heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 5 September.
The offence came to light in April, 2018 when the vehicle was taken for inspection at the council’s depot in Merlin Way, Ilkeston. The licencing team noticed its M.O.T had expired six weeks earlier. It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle without a valid certificate.
Mr Shabbir, of St. James Road, Derby, pleaded guilty to the offence under the Single Justice Procedure. He was fined £121, made to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £115 to the council.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“This was a licenced private hire vehicle that had been used 300 times during that time to take members of the public on their journeys. It is therefore vital that the correct tests and checks should have been carried out to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers.
“This successful prosecution sends out a clear message that we will take action against companies and individuals that have not had these relevant checks and tests completed on time.”