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Stone Roses' Cabbies Fined For Illegal Profiteering

Thousands in fines for drivers on the make

Published on February 11th 2013.


Stone Roses' Cabbies Fined For Illegal Profiteering
 

CAB drivers have had to pay a total of more than £1,200 for illegally picking up customers after last summer’s Stone Roses concerts.

We had warned cab drivers not to attempt this as there would be licensing officers on the scene, while we also set up a rank for legitimate black cab drivers. 

Shahid Iqbal from Abbey Hills Road in Oldham pleaded guilty to the offence at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 6 February.

He was fined £200 with £300 costs and a £15 victims of crime surcharge. The court heard that Manchester City Council licensing officers, who had been looking out for illegal cab drivers outside Heaton Park after all three concerts, spotted Iqbal allowing two men into his Oldham-licensed private hire car on Middleton Road on Sunday 1 July and offering to take them into Manchester city centre.

Private hire drivers are legally only allowed to pick up customers on pre-booked jobs and journeys are not insured if the driver takes people from the street.

The licensing officers interviewed Iqbal, aged 39, on the street and he claimed he had been waiting for a friend. Another two drivers, Mazher Hussain from Oswald Street in Rochdale and Atif Itqbal from Manchester Road in Oldham, also pleaded guilty to picking up passengers from the street despite their hackney carriages being licensed with other authorities, during hearings on 16 January.

They were both fined £100 with £300 costs and £15 victims of crime surcharges. Hussain, aged 36, whose was driving a Rochdale-licensed car and Iqbal, aged 29, driving an Oldham licensed car, both offered to take plain clothed licensing officers into the city centre.

Another six cab drivers are due to appear before magistrates over the next few months charged with illegally picking up passengers after the concerts.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: "Last summer’s Stone Roses concerts attracted 70,000 people every night and unfortunately there were some cab drivers who wanted to capitalise on this by illegally picking up passengers from the street, without any regard for their passengers’ safety as these journeys would not have been insured.

"We had warned cab drivers not to attempt this as there would be licensing officers on the scene, while we also set up a rank for legitimate black cab drivers. There is never any excuse for this and we will also continue to watch out for illegal cab drivers in the city centre.”

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26 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Steve5839February 11th 2013.

I was shouted down on another posting when I said that it was generally taxi drivers from one element of society - I rest my case.

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AnonymousFebruary 11th 2013.

Not a very convincing case there Steve.

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

Perhaps ANON', but what kind of society do we now live where we can't call things by their real name? Check out YouTube for Steve Coogan's avoidance of using the word Muslim on Question Time a few months ago. Quite embarrasing.

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

And what name would that be? Fascinated to hear your hypothesis "Manc" Guy.

What is it about ethnic minorities that seems to upset you so? Irish, Chinese and now apparently the Asian communities...

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

Awww...I have a fan :) I meant Muslim. STEVE5839 said 'one element of society'.

BTW, I didn't know Irish people were an ethnic minority! Is that true ANON'?

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

Muslim what? You will have to explain...

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

I won't 'have' to explain ANON', but seeing as it's you and you're a fan! Muslim taxi drivers? Iqbal, Iqbal And Hussain. Sounds like a Bagdhad firm of solicitors.

BTW, I didn't know Irish people were an ethnic minority! Is that true ANON'?

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

Ok, getting somewhere now. So what would the relevance of them being Muslim be? Since you jumped in, you must have a really interesting theory or insight you would like to share.

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

That's great. Now, I didn't know Irish people were an ethnic minority! Is that true ANON'? You must have a really interesting theory or insight you would like to share.

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

Sorry I don't understand what you mean. I'm genuinely trying to be helpful here and in doing so, advance mankind's understanding of the world in some small way. Perhaps your theory doesn't amount to much after all? :-S

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

Thanks for helpful ANON'. Now, tell me about your theories on why the Irish are an ethnic minority. You must have a really interesting theory or insight you would like to share. I'm genuinely trying to be helpful here and in doing so, advance mankind's understanding of the world in some small way. Perhaps your theory doesn't amount to much after all? :-S

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

Sorry I sill don't understand what you mean.

Hero
Manc GuyFebruary 12th 2013.

Awwww bless. No need to apologise ANON'. If you don't know what you mean when you say that Irish people are an ethnic minority, then we best leave it there.

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

But I have a curious and enquiring mind, don't give in. Please try to explain what you meant.

Steve5839February 19th 2013.

Who said Muslim? I meant Asian, surely no one can disagree with the issue of rampant tax free profitering? Or were you not there?

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2013.

I was completely ripped off at the Stone Roses gig.

TimetoshineFebruary 12th 2013.

I was completely leathered at the Stone Roses gig.

GadgeFebruary 12th 2013.

I was completed at the Stone Roses gig. Only 17 years in the waiting.

David AddisonFebruary 12th 2013.

Why aren't passengers insured? Is private hire insurance different than normal fully comprehensive car insurance? Why? What's different it's a car with people in it. Please explain

JoanFebruary 12th 2013.

Fully comp for ordinary drivers doesn't cover taking paying passengers. Taxi drivers spend many more hours on the road than most drivers and their insurance will reflect that. Black cabs have cover for all passengers, private hire for passengers booking through their firm's system.

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David AddisonFebruary 13th 2013.

Well if private hire taxi drivers insurance reflects that they spend more time on the road that still doesn't explain why they can't pick people up!

DavidFebruary 14th 2013.

How much does it cost to have council employees working overtime to try and catch some cabbie picking someone up.It is a waste of council resources.
Strangely they don't put the same effort in to catching non non council taxpayers.

Duke FameFebruary 15th 2013.

If private hire firms didn't pick up at the concert, we'd still be stuck there in the mud

Imran AliJune 6th 2013.

I was bribed by a council officer, I paid him £100 to let me off after picking up illegally at stone roses and iv got it on video it will soon b on YouTube. Is that why council send these officers out so they can make some money themselfs, if that's the case they should b in the dock as well.

Imran AliJune 6th 2013.

If a private hire driver is picking up illegally, And a council officer is catching these illegal drivers & then asking the drivers for a bribe to let them off, how is that legal.

user4652June 6th 2013.

Then you were not bribed. You bribed the council officer. If your intention was always to post that on YouTube, then you are also guilty of entrapment.

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