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Out of town cabbies caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes

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Out of town cabbies caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 11th October 2018

Two private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - in Milton Keynes.

MK Magistrates’ heard cases on Friday, 5 October 2018 and Monday, 8 October 2018 which followed joint enforcement operations carried out by Milton Keynes and South Northamptonshire Councils in December 2017 and March 2018.

Muhammad Naveed Bashir of Shakespeare Road, Wellingborough attended court on 5 October and pleaded guilty to plying for hire and driving without valid motor insurance in March 2018. He was fined £100 for plying for hire, £100 for invalid motor insurance, given 6 points on his DVLA licence, and also has to pay costs of £200 with a victim surcharge of £30. At the time of the offences his vehicle was operated by Skyline. Mr Bashir is no longer a licensed driver.

Habib Yasin Jawa of Springfield Boulevard, Springfield attended court and pleaded not guilty to plying for hire and no insurance offences in December 2017. Following a trial he was found guilty of the offences and fined £150 for plying for hire, £225 for invalid motor insurance, given 6 points on his DVLA licence, and also had to pay costs of £680 with a victim surcharge of £30. At the time of the offences his vehicle was operated by Speedline. Mr Jawa is currently licensed by Aylesbury Vale District Council who will take appropriate action concerning his Private Hire/Hackney Carriage driver licence.

The court heard that on 3 December 2017 and 24 March 2018 Taxi Licensing Officers from Milton Keynes and South Northants Councils, acting as members of the public, engaged the two drivers on separate journeys, which had not been pre-booked, from one location to another in Milton Keynes. Further investigations showed that the vehicles used by the drivers were not insured for these two journeys. 

Cllr Catriona Morris, Chair of the MKC’s Taxi Licensing Committee, said: “I would hope that these two cases send a further powerful message to all licensed drivers that if you illegally ply for hire you will be caught and prosecuted.”

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