Council prosecutes taxi driver over incorrect licence

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A Nelson driver has been prosecuted by Pendle Council for driving a private hire vehicle without the correct licence.

Burnley Magistrates Court heard that Omar Sharif was caught driving for Superline Taxis in Nelson without a private hire driver’s licence in April and May this year.

On July 17th, Mr Sharif pleaded guilty to driving without a licence on three separate occasions.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £50 prosecution costs, £15 victim surcharge and £150 court charge.

Coun. Neil Butterworth, Chairman of the Taxi Licensing Committee, explained: “We take the safety and protection of the public very seriously.

“A private hire driver’s licence allows the holder of that licence to legally drive a private hire vehicle and carry fare paying passengers where a prior booking has been made for the journey.

“Licence holders have undergone criminal checks and a medical to make sure that they are fit to drive.

“This is a clear message that anyone caught putting the public at risk by not having the required licence will be prosecuted.”