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Taxi driver prosecuted over failing to provide records

Basingstoke Magistrates - Judge with gavel

A taxi driver licensed in Test Valley has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 after failing to provide his records.

Allan Richardson, of Andover, was asked to produce his records of the bookings he had taken, but failed to do so, which breached the conditions of his license.

Drivers of private hire vehicles are required to keep records and they also have to prove all journeys have been pre-booked to ensure the safety of passengers.

Mr Richardson failed to produce the records when requested by the council with the matter progressing to court on three occasions. Mr Richardson failed to attend court and was found guilty in his absence.

He was fined £450, ordered to pay a £45 victim surcharge and £1,500 in costs, a total of £1,995.

Corporate portfolio holder, councillor Tracey Preston, said: “We are determined to do all we can to make sure passengers trust the taxi companies they are using and keeping a log of your records is one of the key ways this is done.

“We take all cases such as this incredibly seriously and our message is simple in that if you are asked to produce your records, you must do so.”