Updated: Feb 17, 2020
A Transport for London (TfL) licensed private hire driver has been caught illegally touting for work at the UK’s busiest airport, Heathrow.
Plain clothes officers working for the Metropolitan Police Service Cabs Unit caught the offender at the airport’s terminal 3 on Saturday 15 February.
Using social media to highlight the offence, Roads & Transport MPS @MPSRTC, wrote: "#CabsUnit plain clothes officers were touted this morning inside @MPSHeathrow Terminal 3 by a licensed @TfLTPH PHV Driver. Court date awaits the driver."
This is the second TfL licensed private hire driver in under three weeks who has been caught touting at the airport by officers.
On 26 January, TaxiPoint reported on another incident where a man was caught under similar circumstances touting officers. On that occasion the offence occurred at the airport’s terminal 4. The unnamed man, in his 50’s, is also awaiting a date to face prosecution.
Private hire drivers are only allowed to pick up fares that have been pre-booked through a licensed operator.
Touting and illegally plying for hire are considered a criminal offence and can come with a hefty fine and disqualification.
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