Newport cabbie fined for illegal trading

Newport cabbie fined for illegal trading

Newport cabbie fined for illegal trading

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A NEWPORT taxi driver has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £925.60 for illegally plying for hire as part of the councils ongoing efforts to tackle the problem in the city.

Taxi driver Farruk Ahman Malik, aged 39, of Argyle Street, Newport, was prosecuted by the council for illegally plying for hire, not having insurance and for obstructing an officer of the council, after licensing officers witnessed a party of four people come out of the railway station who were looking for a cab on November 2, 2013.

The group walked over to a private hire car parked on the Queensway and were heard asking the driver to take them to Cwmbran before getting into the vehicle.

Malik pleaded not guilty to six offences at Newport magistrates court but was convicted following an all-day trial.

The driver, who had a previous conviction for illegally plying for hire in 2009, was fined a total of £600, ordered to pay the council costs of £925.50 and a victim surcharge of £30.

He was also disqualified from driving for six months.

This comes as the council cracks down on drivers illegally plying for hire as the law states that only black hackney carriages (“London-style” cabs) are allowed to pick up passengers without being pre-booked.

As well as private hire cabs not being allowed to ply for hire, they are also not insured if they do so.

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5:17pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Citywatcher says...

About time. Let's hope the police stop them for the speed they do as well. They all seem to be unaware of the highway code and the speed limits in Newport.
About time. Let's hope the police stop them for the speed they do as well. They all seem to be unaware of the highway code and the speed limits in Newport. Citywatcher
  • Score: 43

8:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

smartie40 says...

why don't they drive decent modern Taxis not the pile of junk of over 10 year old vehicles, and they smell most of them rather get a bus.
why don't they drive decent modern Taxis not the pile of junk of over 10 year old vehicles, and they smell most of them rather get a bus. smartie40
  • Score: 17

9:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dolieboy says...

Sounds like the one I had a few weeks ago. Sounded puzzled when I told him where I lived. Repeated it to himself as he drove along. Then missed the turning. No tip from me, except get qualified.
Sounds like the one I had a few weeks ago. Sounded puzzled when I told him where I lived. Repeated it to himself as he drove along. Then missed the turning. No tip from me, except get qualified. Dolieboy
  • Score: 21

4:08am Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.
Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -22

8:14am Sun 10 Aug 14

mikewelsh says...

Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs.
Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs. mikewelsh
  • Score: 28

9:13am Sun 10 Aug 14

dragonbear says...

The highway code states you should always drive in the left hand lane unless overtaking so not reading the times the bus lanes in not in use and driving in the right hand lane and just pulling across at the end of one is driving with undo care and attention and the person in the right hand lane and not the one in bus lane would be at fault so Mike0408 read signs
The highway code states you should always drive in the left hand lane unless overtaking so not reading the times the bus lanes in not in use and driving in the right hand lane and just pulling across at the end of one is driving with undo care and attention and the person in the right hand lane and not the one in bus lane would be at fault so Mike0408 read signs dragonbear
  • Score: 9

11:05am Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

mikewelsh wrote:
Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs.
While driving past I have not seen any wording on the blue signs, just pictures of the vehicles that are allowed in the bus lane.

Will have a proper look when I walk past it.
[quote][p][bold]mikewelsh[/bold] wrote: Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs.[/p][/quote]While driving past I have not seen any wording on the blue signs, just pictures of the vehicles that are allowed in the bus lane. Will have a proper look when I walk past it. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 3

11:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

dragonbear wrote:
The highway code states you should always drive in the left hand lane unless overtaking so not reading the times the bus lanes in not in use and driving in the right hand lane and just pulling across at the end of one is driving with undo care and attention and the person in the right hand lane and not the one in bus lane would be at fault so Mike0408 read signs
As I just said above, I haven't seen the signs say when the bus lane can and cannot be used, just pictures of vehicles that can go in the lane, and you can only move over at the end as that is where the bus lane ends.

But like I said I will take a look when I walk past, always to busy concentrating on the road to read what time a lane is answered is not in use (except on the motorway, as those sighs are much more noticeable).
[quote][p][bold]dragonbear[/bold] wrote: The highway code states you should always drive in the left hand lane unless overtaking so not reading the times the bus lanes in not in use and driving in the right hand lane and just pulling across at the end of one is driving with undo care and attention and the person in the right hand lane and not the one in bus lane would be at fault so Mike0408 read signs[/p][/quote]As I just said above, I haven't seen the signs say when the bus lane can and cannot be used, just pictures of vehicles that can go in the lane, and you can only move over at the end as that is where the bus lane ends. But like I said I will take a look when I walk past, always to busy concentrating on the road to read what time a lane is answered is not in use (except on the motorway, as those sighs are much more noticeable). MikeO4O8
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Sun 10 Aug 14

foxy3rd says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.
Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday. foxy3rd
  • Score: 6

4:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

foxy3rd wrote:
MikeO4O8 wrote:
Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.
Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday.
I was talking about Chepstow road, I didn't think there was times on the sign that says you can use it, don't think many people do as it's always packed on that road at rush hour. If there is times on there then my apologies,I was mistaken.

By the Way I always indicate when turning.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday.[/p][/quote]I was talking about Chepstow road, I didn't think there was times on the sign that says you can use it, don't think many people do as it's always packed on that road at rush hour. If there is times on there then my apologies,I was mistaken. By the Way I always indicate when turning. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -4

4:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

foxy3rd wrote:
MikeO4O8 wrote:
Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.
Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday.
I was talking about Chepstow road, I didn't think there was times on the sign that says you can use it, don't think many people do as it's always packed on that road at rush hour. If there is times on there then my apologies,I was mistaken.

By the Way I always indicate when turning.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that it's happening in the designated buslane times , mostly 07:00 till 10:00am. then 3:30 till 6:30 pm.I've often drive in them at the right time and had other drivers cut over in front of me ,sharply, without indicating , one almost hit me by trying to turn left from outside me . The problem is that they don't bother to read the signs . Particularly on Cardiff and Chepstow roads. It even used to happen at weekends when they were Monday to Friday.[/p][/quote]I was talking about Chepstow road, I didn't think there was times on the sign that says you can use it, don't think many people do as it's always packed on that road at rush hour. If there is times on there then my apologies,I was mistaken. By the Way I always indicate when turning. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -4

6:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14

slimboy88 says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.
bus lanes are only for buses til 10.30 then 3.30 til 6. or 6.30, so anyone can use them outside of this time!
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Good, while the police are at it, why not cut down on the amount of people using the bus lanes, I know some bus lanes allow taxes (as some signs says taxes are allowed) but I have see none taxes going in the bus lane, drive past a marked police car, and the copper not do anything. This really annoys me when they do this, I have almost crashed a few times because people don't wait till they get to the end to move over, luckily I check my mirrors, but sometimes they fly down that lane at like 50mph which forcese me to move back over.[/p][/quote]bus lanes are only for buses til 10.30 then 3.30 til 6. or 6.30, so anyone can use them outside of this time! slimboy88
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Sun 10 Aug 14

mikewelsh says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
mikewelsh wrote:
Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs.
While driving past I have not seen any wording on the blue signs, just pictures of the vehicles that are allowed in the bus lane.

Will have a proper look when I walk past it.
or catch a bus.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikewelsh[/bold] wrote: Mike0408. You can use the bus lanes at off peak times, check the Wording on the blue signs.[/p][/quote]While driving past I have not seen any wording on the blue signs, just pictures of the vehicles that are allowed in the bus lane. Will have a proper look when I walk past it.[/p][/quote]or catch a bus. mikewelsh
  • Score: 5

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