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Police seize car working as airport taxi after driver claims rear seat American passenger a ‘friend’


Image credit: TVP Roads Policing

Police officers seized a car after the driver was found to be working illegally as a airport taxi, claiming the rear seat passenger as a ‘friend’.


Thames Valley Police (TVP) Roads Policing officers stopped a car in Amersham for a routine document check under Operation Tutelage. However, what initially appeared to be a routine check quickly uncovered a surprising attempt to disguise the vehicle's true purpose.

According to a TVP Roads Policing spokesperson, the car in question had been attempting to pass itself off as an airport taxi. The driver claimed that the rear passenger was a friend, but this was false. Detectives swiftly discovered that the vehicle was engaging in unauthorised private hire activity, which resulted in the immediate seizure of the car.


The police spokesperson confirmed that the officers had sufficient time to drop off the ‘innocent passenger’ who had just completed a long flight from the United States, at a nearby destination.

A Thames Valley Police (TVP) Roads Policing spokesperson said via social media: “This car was stopped in Amersham for a document check under Operation Tutelage.


“The ‘car trader’ tried to hide being an airport taxi by saying the rear passenger was a friend, but this was not the case. (Car) seized.

“We had time to drop the innocent passenger, who had a long flight from the USA, to their nearby destination.”

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