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Taxi driver fined for illegally plying for hire

Following a successful prosecution brought by Guildford Borough Council, the driver of a taxi licensed by Waverley Borough Council has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford town centre.

On 21 April at 1.15pm a taxi, licensed by Waverley Borough Council, was parked on the taxi rank on North Street, Guildford outside Marks and Spencer. The driver agreed to take a member of the Guildford Borough Council Licensing team on a journey which was not pre-booked. As a taxi licensed by Waverley Borough Council can only ply or stand for hire in the Borough of Waverley, this is an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.

The driver was found guilty in his absence at Guildford Magistrates Court on 6 September. He was fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £275.30 and a victim surcharge of £44, resulting in a total fine of £759.30.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety said: "I'm delighted with the outcome of this successful prosecution. This follows other recent successful actions we have taken which have come about from the work carried out by our licensing officers."

Cllr Ellwood added: "What I believe this case demonstrates is that we are working to protect the public by ensuring that only taxis licensed by Guildford Borough Council operate in the town centre and across the borough."

Published on Thursday 7 September.