A taxi driver from Stanmore who lied on three separate occasions to avoid speeding points on his licence was jailed for 12 months today (Friday, January 29).
Ali Shafaee Mazlaghani, 56, used a fake identity and the address of an empty property near his home in Bromefield, Stanmore, when he received the notices asking for the details of a speeding driver.
Prosecutor Adrian Fleming told St Albans Crown Court: “He thought he had come up with a clever system until justice caught up with him.”
The mini cab driver received his first ticket for speeding at 41 miles per hour in a 30 zone on October 1, 2017. He falsely claimed he ran a hire company and gave the name of the driver as a Mr Zaman.
On November 21, 2018 he was sent another notice after being caught doing 37 in a 30 zone on Uxbridge Road. Again, he said Mr Zaman was the driver and the fine was sent to the empty address.
He did the same on October 2, 2019 after he was caught speeding in Borehamwood. Again, he said the car was driven by Mr Zaman.
The prosecutor said on this occasion the notice was returned to the police as being undelivered. “The authorities contacted the defendant for more up to date details. He persisted and gave them an address in Harrow. A letter was sent to Harrow, but there was no reply.
“The officers contacted the defendant again. He told them he had spoken to Mr Zaman who accepted he was the driver.
“A letter was sent from a Mr Zaman accepting responsibility, but it quoted the reference number for the 2017 offence, not the one from 2019.”
Mr Fleming said Mazlaghani had also given the police a fake Iranian driving permit in the name of Mr Zaman.
Iranian-born Mazlagahani appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to three charges of perverting the course of justice.
Defending, Nicholas Maggs, said he was of previous good character. “He committed the offence to avoid points on his licence and increased insurance premium. He has lost his licence to be a taxi driver and it will be some time before he regains it.”
He said at the time Mazlaghani had been “drowning in a sea of debt.” He said he had health problems and was suffering with long COVID.
Mr Maggs asked for a suspended sentence, but Judge Michael Kay QC said: “It was a persistent, determined and planned course of conduct to deceive the authorities. “
He said the offences struck at the very heart of the administration of justice.