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Fine for rogue taxi driver who worked in Lichfield without correct licence

A rogue taxi driver from Lichfield has been fined.

Christopher Barlow, of Saxon Court, pleaded guilty to three public safety charges at Stafford Magistrates’ Court on November 6 after being found to have used his car as a private hire vehicle in March without holding the proper licences.

The 53-year-old, of Citroen DS Hire, was prosecuted by Lichfield District Council.

The three charges were for acting as an operator, driver, and proprietor of a private hire vehicle without holding either a proprietor’s licence or a private hire driver’s licence, contrary to section 46 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

Mr Barlow was fined £140 for using his car as a private hire vehicle without the proper licence on March 19. This was reduced from £215 for an early guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs in full of £478 and a victim surcharge of £20 – a total of £638, including the fine.

Councillor Colin Greatorex said he hoped the fine would send a warning to all taxi drivers to ensure they were operating legally.

“We license and regulate taxi companies across the district, to make sure they are safe for their customers,” he said. “It’s really important that local people know they are getting into a trusted vehicle that has been properly licensed.

“We hope this case encourages all prospective taxi drivers to make sure they are properly licensed before accepting any paid work.”

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