Private hire driver caught illegally plying for hire at Heathrow Airport 

A licensed private hire driver has been caught by Metropolitan Police Service Roads & Transport Team accepting a fare at London's Heathrow Airport which was not pre-booked.

The unnamed man in his 50's was caught illegally plying for hire at Heathrow Terminal 4 and will now face prosecution.

Private hire drivers are only allowed to pick up fares that have been pre-booked through a licensed operator. If a job is accepted without going through this procedure, the fare becomes invalid because the driver's hire and reward insurance becomes void.

The driver will now face charges of illegal ply for hire and driving without valid insurance.

The MPSRTPC have been busy in recent weeks, catching a number of other drivers touting and illegally plying for hire across the capital.

TaxiPoint recently reported on on a man who was caught touting for work outside of one of London's iconic nightclubs, Fabric.

The man, also in his 50's, was reported and will now face prosecution.

Two successful prosecutions by the team against drivers illegally accepting jobs through touting have also seen disqualifications and fines handed out.

Adeniyi Titilayo, of Charlton, was convicted at Westminster Magistrates Court, where he was disqualified for two years and ordered to pay fines and court costs of £557.

Tom Sebunya, of Newham, was disqualified for 18 months and ordered to pay a total of £612 in fines and court costs for touting.

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