Illegal cabbie banned from driving after being caught
PUBLISHED: 16:55 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:11 24 January 2018
A Portishead man has been fined and banned from driving after operating a taxi without a legal licence.
Michael Cook admitted six offences at North Somerset Courthouse earlier this month in connection with his illegal taxi work.
North Somerset Council said he was caught following a long investigation by its officers and the police.
Because he had not applied for a licence, 62-year-old Cook had avoided criminal checks and undergoing health checks.
Cllr Felicity Baker said: “Operating without the correct licence is completely irresponsible and will not be tolerated. We will take action.
“Taxis are licenced in order to keep passengers safe by ensuring the drivers and their vehicles both undertake regular checks.”
Registered taxis must display a licence number and passengers are advised to check for one.
Cook, of Forester Road, was fined £870 and banned from driving for 12 months.