Cabbie operated without licence
A Bath taxi driver who was operating without a licence has been ordered to pay nearly £700.
Council officials prosecuted Duncan Herron from Twerton for failing to have the correct licence and insurance.
Herron, 42, of Pennard Green, admitted the offences at Bath Magistrates' Court.
He pleaded guilty to failing to have a current Hackney Carriage driver's licence and to not having the correct motor insurance.
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The court heard that Herron had failed to renew his Hackney licence with Bath and North East Somerset Council and continued to drive his taxi in the city.
The court was told that doing so rendered any insurance cover in place for the vehicle null and void.
Herron was fined £280, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £400. He was also given six penalty points on his driving licence.
B&NES cabinet member for neighbourhoods Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield) said Herron had put passengers at risk.
"The public have a rightful expectation that any driver who conveys them in a licensed Hackney Carriage has been through a process to establish that they are indeed a fit and proper person and also have the necessary licence and insurance required.
"The council is committed to ensuring people feel safe in their communities but when Mr Herron drove the taxi, he put people at risk.
"The council will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and any person who flouts the legislation is liable to be prosecuted."