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Uber driver fined for illegal plying for hire

An Uber driver has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford.

Guildford Borough Council successfully prosecuted the driver for illegally plying for hire in the town centre. The Uber driver was fined £300 with costs of £1100 awarded to the Council and a £30 victim surcharge.

Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood, says: "This success in combating illegal plying for hire is good news for public safety - as the driver's insurance is void when they ply for hire. It sends a clear signal that we will not tolerate illegal touting for business. We are committed to protecting the public and will prosecute those found abusing the system.
 
"Our licensing officers proactively work day and night to protect the public from individuals putting their safety at risk. Officers are regularly out in town monitoring the Guildford taxi trade, and other operators, such as Uber, to ensure that they are not plying for hire, which only Guildford licensed Hackney Carriages are permitted to do."

Guildford Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday (14 March) that the Uber driver was plying for hire in the early hours of Sunday 16 October 2016. The driver agreed to take a member of the Council's licensing staff on a journey that was not pre-booked, when outside Burger King in Guildford's Commercial Road.

Published on Friday 17 March.