At Brent Magistrates Court on Thursday 8th January, the PCO prosecuted seven individuals who had been reported by PCO Licensing Officers for the offence of operating without a Private Hire Operators Licence for London. Four of the cases were adjourned.
Details of the prosecutions are attached.
Public Carriage Office Director Ed Thompson said:
"The message to illegal operators is loud and clear - we will track you down. We are well on the way to licensing the minicab industry that will raise standards to bring safer and more reliable travel to London."
The offence of trading without a licence in London currently carries a maximum fine of £2500.
Since 2001 minicab operators must hold a licence from the PCO to run a service. Since 1st June 2003 it is an offence to drive a minicab without a private hire driving licence or a temporary permit issued by the PCO. Licensing of vehicles will start in Spring 2004.
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