BOGUS CAB DRIVERS SENTENCED
Samuel Akinwale was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to six months curfew, disqualified for nine months and fined. This follows a CEU and TfL compliance team operation on Bow Road E3. Akinwale’s vehicle, which had two passengers on board, was pulled over for a routine compliance check and officers found his private hire vehicle licence had expired. He appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on the 12th and 13th of June 2014 where he was found guilty.
Temesgen Tesfai was arrested for taxi touting in Plender Street, Camden in the early hours of Sunday 8 June 2014 after touting one of the officers from the CEU. Tesfai initially gave false details. However, further enquiries confirmed his correct identity which revealed that he did not have a driving licence or any insurance to drive and was wanted for failing to appear at Dumfries Sheriffs Court for similar offences. Tesfai was charged with taxi touting, no insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with a driving licence. He was kept in custody overnight and appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to all three offences. He received a fine and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Konor Ali was found guilty of touting for hire, no insurance and dangerous driving at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Thursday 5 June 2014 and fined £700 and disqualified for 12 months. On 29 September 2013, Ali touted plain clothes police officers from the CEU on Camden High Street, NW1. When officers identified themselves, he attempted to drive off, almost running over an officer and colliding with an unmarked police vehicle. Ali was subsequently detained and arrested.
Mr Jan was fined after pleading guilty to plying for hire and holding no operator’s licence, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 June 2014. He was caught touting on 6 October 2013 by compliance officers who observed the driver accepting to take four passengers without a booking made via a licensed operator.
In the early hours of Sunday 16 September 2013, TfL compliance officers were in Derry Street, Kensington, W8, conducting on-street compliance checks, when they witnessed a woman with a child being touted by a Mr Charles. He was referred for prosecution and appeared at the City of London Magistrates Court on 28 May 2014, where he pleaded guilty to accepting a booking without an operator’s licence. He was fined and ordered to pay costs to TfL.