Council commitment to keeping Northampton’s taxis safe

Published: Friday, 30 September 2016

Northampton Borough Council is reminding people of their commitment to taxi safety, after a man was prosecuted earlier this week for operating a private hire company using a forged licence.

The driver, a 30 year old Northampton man, appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court on 27 September and pleaded guilty to offences under the Fraud Act 2006, Forgery & Counterfeiting Act 1981 and no insurance.

After being found guilty on all three charges, the man was sentenced to a Community Service Order for 12 months 60 hours unpaid work for false instrument under the Fraud Act, a Community Service Order for 12 months 60 hours unpaid work for making a false document under the Forgery & Counterfeiting Act, eight points on his DVLA licence for having no insurance, a £300 fine for costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Cabinet member for Community Safety, Cllr Mike Hallam, said: “Having fully licensed vehicles , operators and drivers who work to ensure the safety of Northampton residents is very important to us.

“As part of our commitment to keeping our night time economy and public transport safe, we carry out regular checks and enforcement and we hope prosecutions will act as a deterrent to other people from committing offences in the future.”