Third cabbie prosecuted for illegally plying for hire at the Reading Festival

A cabbie has been prosecuted after being caught illegally plying for hire at the Reading Festival. 

The South Oxfordshire District Council licensed taxi driver is the third driver to be prosecuted for committing the same offence after the festival.

Tanveer Hussain, 37, of Blenheim Road, Reading, was found guilty of plying for hire at Reading Magistrates Court on Monday, April 29. 

The court heard that at 1.06am on Saturday, August 25, Mr Hussain was hailed by a Reading Borough Council covert compliance officer. He was then asked for a quote to go to Maidenhead by the officer.

Hussain, who denied the charge, claimed in court, that although he accepted that a price was quoted, he told the passenger that he would need to ring the office to book the taxi.

After being found guilty, Hussain was fined £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 as well as a contribution towards prosecution costs of £350. 

The Reading Chronicle reported that Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, stated that this sends a clear warning to any drivers considering similar illegal activity at this year's event.

Image Source: Court Finder Services

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