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Unregistered taxi leaves driver facing prosecution following Garda Police stop

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

Image credit : Twitter @GardaTraffic

A taxi driver in Ireland is due to be prosecuted after roadside checks revealed the vehicle being driven was unregistered on the National Database.

Garda Police stopped the taxi after they noticed there was no driver ID displayed in the vehicle.

Further inspections showed that the vehicle was not registered.

Police confirmed that the driver will now face prosecution from the taxi regulator, but did not suggest that the driver will face any charges from themselves, causing confusion on Twitter where the incident was highlighted.

One user wrote: "The taxi regulator? Surely this is a criminal offence. Why was the driver not charged?"

The original tweet, posted by Garda Police @GardaTraffic, read: "An Garda Siochana's commercial vehicle unit inspecting taxis last night when they inspected a taxi with no driver i.d displayed and taxi unregistered with national database.

"To be prosecuted by Taxi Regulator."

The driver could now face a hearing with their licensing authority, who will decide whether they are fit-and-proper to continue to operate within the industry.


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