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Unlicenced taxi driver in Pontypridd hit with fines

An unlicensed taxi driver, who was found to be illegally plying for hire in Pontypridd, has been hit with fines and costs of £775.

Mr Liam Downes of Church Village, was found to be operating as a taxi driver without a licence in the Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

On Sunday 13th August 2023 in the early hours of the morning, Mr Downes parked near Pontypridd Train Station waiting for public to leave the nearby pubs and clubs. Mr Downes was approached by a licensing officer and agreed to take them to a drop off point for a fee.

On Wednesday 8th May 2024 at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court, Mr Liam Downes of Church Village pleaded guilty to the offence of plying for hire. He was fined and ordered to pay costs amounting to £775.

A spokesperson for the licensing department in Rhondda Cynon Taf said

“Public safety and confidence to use regulated and licensed taxis is of utmost importance. Licensed drivers and vehicles go through rigorous checks to ensure they meet standards in place to protect the needs and safety of the public. Unlicensed drivers who undermine that trust will be robustly dealt with to maintain public confidence and ensure public safety”

Hackney Carriage taxis licensed within Rhondda Cynon Taf are black in colour and are provided with a council issued plate on the rear showing the maximum number of passengers and a door signs on each side of the front doors. Drivers who are licensed by the council are also issued with a badge which they must show customers when asked.

I would encourage anyone with information on unlicensed taxi drivers or unlicensed vehicles operating in Rhondda Cynon Taf to contact the Council’s Licensing Team.”

To report an unlicensed taxi driver, please contact the licensing team by email or on 01443 425001.

Posted on 31/05/2024