South Somerset District Council uncovered a private hire and limo driver working without a valid license and insurance in Somerset. The alarm was raised by members of the public who reported that the driver had been speeding and many complained that his vehicle was un-roadworthy.
Following an in-depth investigation by the council, it was revealed that the limo driver in question did not have any of the necessary paperwork in place to operate a passenger service. As well as this the driver was also found to have committed a catalogue of other offences.
The council and London’s Public Carriage office joined forces to catch the rogue driver in the act. The authorities caught the driver red handed as he transported a passenger from Yeovil to Heathrow Airport despite not having a license for his vehicle, a private hire license or even the necessary insurance documents.
At court the drive was given a 12 month conditional discharge, a criminal record, 6 penalty points and ordered to pay £1,500 towards the council’s costs. Environmental health spokesman for South Somerset Council, Cllr Ric Pallister, issued a warning to any other private hire drivers out there who may be operating outside the law saying: “This council and its partners will actively pursue drivers who operate outside the law.” Adding, “We will not tolerate anything less – safety is paramount.”