Illegal cabbie banned from driving after being caught
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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.