Manveer Singh Khakh, from Littleover pleaded guilty to 23 offences under s47 of the Town and Police Clauses Act 1847 – driving a hackney carriage without a hackney carriage driver’s licence – at Derby Magistrates Court on Thursday 27 October.
Mr Khakh had been allocated private hire work by a licensed operator in Derby on the basis that he was a licensed driver with Gedling Borough Council. A complex and detailed investigation by the Licensing Team at Derby City Council identified that Mr Khakh had not been licensed as a hackney carriage driver by Gedling Borough Council since 17 December 2014, and that he had been allocated work by providing forged documents to the operator.
Councillor Baggy Shanker who has responsibility for licensing says of this decision,
“This is a welcome decision by the Magistrates that highlights one of the loopholes created by hackney carriages licensed in other local authorities working in the city. This sends a clear message to drivers that if they are found to be operating in the city without the correct authorisation, the council will not hesitate to take action against them. We intend to continue our pressure on other local authorities who license drivers operating in Derby to close these licensing loopholes.”
Following this case all operator licence holders in the city are being reminded of the importance of stringently checking documents provided by drivers to ensure they are genuine prior to allocating work to them.
Mr Khakh was fined £60 per offence, in total £1380 but due to his guilty plea the fine was reduced to £920. Derby City Council was awarded £1977.35 costs.