Illegal cabbie banned from driving after being caught

Cook was sentend at North Somerset Courthouse. (stock image)

Cook was sentend at North Somerset Courthouse. (stock image) - Credit: Archant

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.


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“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.

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Cook, of Forester Road, was fined £870 and banned from driving for 12 months.

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