Folkestone and Hythe Council curb 'selfish' taxi driver's activities

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2019 - 06:25 PM


A resident caught running an unlicensed taxi business in the Folkestone and Hythe district has been fined £1,500.


The man from Elham, advertised in a village newsletter and a local pub – as well as online – over a number of years.

Having attracted the interest of police officers and concerned members of the public, Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) wrote to the man reminding him of his legal responsibilities.

However, he ignored the letter and continued to promote and operate the service.


An undercover officer was driven from Elham to Ashford International railway station during an investigation into the matter.

The taxi driver pleaded guilty to three driving offences (not having a valid private hire driver licence, vehicle licence or an operator’s licence) at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 4 November.

He was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £605.80 and a £50 victim surcharge – bringing the total bill for his dishonest actions to £2,155.80.

Council Leader David Monk said: “This council will not tolerate such selfish behaviour from people running a business that puts our residents at risk.

“Unlicensed drivers do not have the correct insurance policy to operate a taxi service, meaning customers would not be covered if they were involved in a collision.

“Passenger safety is of paramount importance to the council, and this rogue business showed a complete disregard to the welfare of unsuspecting customers.”

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