A TAXI driver has been fined and had his licence revoked for running an unlicensed taxi company.
On Monday (October 26) at Nuneaton Magistrates Court, John Patrick Behan pleaded guilty to operating a private hire business and a private hire vehicle without the correct licenses.
He was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of more than £1,600 to Warwick District Council.
Earlier this year council officers made a booking with his unlicensed company, Taurus Cabs from Kenilworth. It was also discovered the vehicle was not licensed.
Behan, who was also a licensed hackney carriage private hire driver with the council, was deemed not ‘fit and proper’ to hold the licence and had it revoked.
District council head of community protection Richard Hall said: “The legislation requires that for certain activities you must hold a licence. Warwick District Council sets standards to which those licence holders must adhere and conducts regular compliance checks to ensure that these are being met. Businesses or persons operating without the correct licences put the driver, other road users and the general public at risk. Where there is evidence that an attempt is being made to operate outside of the legislation we will take enforcement action.”
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk to find a list of licensed taxis.