Former Private Hire Driver found guilty of fraud as he attempted to obtain a new licence with a numb

A man who was attempting to obtain a private hire licence has been given a 12-month community order for failing to disclose his licence history during his application for licences with South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire district councils. Ali Hassan, of Burton, failed to inform either licences authorities of a number of previous offences including having a previous PHV licence revoked for falling asleep behind the wheel while driving young people as part of a school ‘taxi’ service. 35-year-old Hassan also failed to disclose six penalty points on his licence which he received for speeding while he was licensed by East Staffordshire council. In addition to speeding and falling asleep behind the wheel, Hassan had also received four penalty points on his licence for crashing his vehicle, causing injuries to three people. Leicester Magistrates Court found Hassan guilty of fraud by false representation and was given a 12-month community order. Evidence against Hassan was presented in court by both South Derbyshire District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council. The court heard that Hassan was only caught giving false representation during his licence application when a former Borough Council worker spotted him submitting documents in support of his licensing application. The Borough Council worker noted that Hassan had failed to disclose his licence history during an attempt to obtain a licence with them. Hassan also failed to disclose that he had his licence revoked twice while licensed with East Staffordshire Borough Council. Along with a 12-month community order which requires him to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85, and, due to his limited means, a contribution towards costs of £500. As reported in the Derby Telegraph, if the community order is breached, he will be brought back to court and could face jail. Councillor Alison Smith, deputy leader and portfolio holder for community services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “This case highlights how seriously we take passenger safety and that we will always scrutinise licensing applications fully to ensure the public are not in danger.”

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