Former taxi driver fined for continuing to ply for hire after having his licence revoked

A former hackney carriage taxi driver from East Lancashire has been fined £420 for continuing to ply for hire after having his licence revoked. 

As first reported on Lancashire Live, Nigel Paul Flynn, of Bacup, had admitted driving a carriage without a licence, an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act.

Flynn had his taxi licence revoked in December 2018 by Rossendale Council - a decision he decided to appeal. 

His appeal was thrown out by magistrates but he continued to ply for hire and was spotted in Bacup working illegally. 

Flynn is not the first driver from Bacup to have been caught illegally plying for hire after losing his licence. 

In August 2019, Taxipoint reported on a similar incident. 

A former Todmorden taxi driver, who had his licence revoked, was fined over £700 after he was caught continuing to ply for hire in his hackney carriage vehicle. Mohammad Iqbal, 52, had his taxi licence taken away in September 2018 after failing to tell his licensing authority, Rossendale Borough Council, that he had previously been banned from driving. During the application process for his licence, Iqbal failed to disclose the details of his ban. Iqbal was caught attempting to ply for hire in his registered hackney carriage vehicle - a Mercedes E220 - on South Street, Bacup. He admitted acting contrary to the Section 46 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 at Burnley Magistrates’ Court and was fined £266 for the offence and ordered to pay £296.30 in legal costs and £210 investigation costs. 

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