A taxi driver who continued to work after his licence was revoked has been prosecuted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Mohsen Arfa, of Margaret Road in Basingstoke, was fined £200, with a £30 victim surcharge and the council was awarded costs of £600 at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.
He was found guilty of plying for hire without a hackney carriage driver’s licence and refusing to return his revoked driver’s badge.
The court heard that Mr Arfa had his licence removed by the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee following complaints. He was issued with a revocation notice and then continued driving without a current licence which meant he was breaking the law and driving without valid insurance.
He was seen plying for hire at a taxi rank by licensing officers and refused to provide his licence badge to them. The licensing officers ensured that he did not carry any passengers.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We are proud of the high standards of licensed drivers and vehicles working across the borough. This driver had his licence revoked because he fell short of those standards and then tried to carry on working.
“Licensing officers took swift action to ensure public safety was protected. This is the busiest time of year for the hackney carriage and private hire trade and it is important that people feel safe and secure when hiring a taxi.”