Council secures conviction for taxi offences

Spelthorne Council has secured the conviction of a former taxi driver

Spelthorne Council has secured the conviction of a former taxi driver who grossly overcharged six vulnerable adults and in doing so invalidated his insurance. He also took six passengers when his vehicle was only licensed to take five.

Firoz Mohammed, of Gabriel Close in Feltham, appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on 3 February after pleading not guilty, saying that he could not remember the journey despite the witness having confronted him the day after.

The defendant had charged the six adults between £10 and £15 each for a journey that started at Staines railway station and ended in Shepperton. A total of 14 charges were brought.

Mr Mohammed was found guilty of all charges. He was given six points on his licence and fined £180 for having no insurance, £650 for breaching taxi licensing bye-laws, a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £1,000. He also had his Spelthorne hackney carriage licence revoked following the offences.

Cllr Robin Sider, Chairman of the Council's Licensing Committee, said: "I am very pleased with the outcome and would particularly like to thank the witness, without whose clear evidence this case would not have been able to proceed. Mr Mohammed took advantage of vulnerable adults by charging them an extortionate amount for a journey of just a few miles. He also put them at risk as his insurance was invalidated. The Council takes this type of dishonest behaviour very seriously and I hope the outcome of this case serves as a deterrent to others."  

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Harvey, said: "This is a very welcome result and I would like to congratulate the staff for their excellent work." 

To report any problems with taxis, please contact Spelthorne's Licensing team on 01784 444202.