Indefinite ASBO for illegal cab driver.
Man banned from touting on foot or in a vehicle anywhere in England or Wales
Shaffique Uddin (DOB 13/09/1957) from Ilford, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 20 August charged with possession of cocaine, for which he was fined £65.
As a result of his appearance in court, the 53 year old was also handed a post-conviction Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to stop him from touting. The ASBO was issued indefinitely. Breaches of an ASBO are a criminal offence and are punishable by fine and / or imprisonment of up to five years.
The ASBO was sought by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cab Enforcement Unit (CEU), which is part of Transport for London (TfL)’s funded Safer Transport Command (STC).
The CEU, who had arrested Uddin for his drug-related charge, provided substantial evidence in court of his previous history of touting. This included information of a conviction on 3 June this year for touting and driving with no insurance, which resulted in him being disqualified from driving for three months.
The ASBO also prohibits Uddin from applying for a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) or Hackney Carriage licence indefinitely, as well as displaying any sign in his car, which would lead members of the public to believe that he is a licensed cab.
Chief Superintendent Joe Royle, MPS Safer Transport Command, said:
“Illegal cabs and touting undermines the legitimate cab trade and raises the fear of crime. This sends out a clear message that we will continue to work with TfL, using a number of measures including ASBOs, to proactively target unlicensed and uninsured vehicles.”
Steve Burton, Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing, said: “Illegal cab drivers undermine the legitimate cab trade and pose a serious danger to Londoners.
“This ASBO is a very encouraging result and should serve as a reminder to touts that police officers are out there cracking down on this illegal activity. We are working with the police and other partners to lobby for the strongest penalties for touting. Only black cabs can be hailed in the street. All minicab journeys that have not been booked through a licensed operator are illegal, uninsured and unsafe.”
Uddin’s charge for possession of cocaine on 20 August followed his arrest on 17 June, when officers from the CEU were carrying out plain clothed patrols in Great Queen Street WC2. Police officers spotted Uddin approaching members of the public. He was stopped and searched and found in possession of cocaine and was subsequently arrested.
At the time of his arrest Shaffique Uddin was not a licensed PHV driver.