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Third taxi driver fined for offering illegal rides at Henley Regatta Published Date: 14/02/2023

A third Hackney carriage driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire and at last summer’s Henley Regatta.

On Friday 27 January, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard how during the Regatta, officers from South Oxfordshire District Council had spotted yet another vehicle parked on double yellow lines in Henley.

Officers identified Mr Abdul Haye Azad’s vehicle, parked on Thameside, as a hackney carriage licensed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Hackney carriage vehicles licensed outside the district are not permitted to pick customers up off the street without a booking through a licensed private hire operator.

When an officer asked Mr Azad if he could take them to Reading Station, Mr Azad replied saying he was available and could do the journey immediately for £45.

Afterwards he was approached by officers from South Oxfordshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to talk about what he had offered to do, he refused to show his council issued driver’s badge and drove off.

In court, Mr Azad, 55, of Lingholm Close, Maidenhead, pleaded guilty to illegally plying for hire, failure to comply with a reasonable request of a council officer by failing to hand over his council issued badge and obstruction of a council officer by deliberately driving off.

The magistrates imposed a fine of £500 for the plying for hire offence and awarded costs to the district council of £1,300 with an additional £200 victim surcharge.

Source: Oxford Mail