A taxi driver within Three Rivers has been ordered to pay a fine including costs totalling £2,110 after she admitted three counts of fraud
Between September 7, 2014 and May 1, 2018, 45-year-old Manjit Kaur of Holywell Road, Watford failed to promptly notify Three Rivers District Council of a change of circumstances which she knew would affect her entitlement to Housing Benefit.
Kaur had her private hire driving licence revoked after failing to notify the council of a change of circumstances.
Further to the sentence, Mrs Kaur then failed to disclose this conviction to the Licensing Team at the Council who were only made aware when the eagle-eyed licensing officer noticed the sentence in the Watford Observer in early December 2019.
Mrs Kaur was subsequently interviewed under caution by licensing officers. She then admitted to the conviction and failing to disclose this information to the Licensing Authority as required by the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy 2019.
Cllr Stephen Giles Medhurst, Lead Member for Transport & Economic Development, said: “All licensed drivers are required to advise the licensing authority within 72 hours, or when is practicably possible, of any involvement with police. This includes investigations and arrests so officers can undertake an assessment as to whether the driver remain fit and proper to be licensed. Three Rivers takes licensing of drivers and their vehicles seriously and we will not hesitate to revoke licences from those that don’t abide the rules.”
After full consideration of the facts, Mrs Kaur’s private hire driver licence was revoked by Three Rivers, and she was subsequently issued with a simple caution and her details added to the NAFN 9 National Anti-Fraud Network) database.