Monmouthshire County Council has secured the prosecution of a private hire firm following an investigation by licensing officers.

Abergavenny business M D Travel was fined a total of £3,000 plus £884:54 costs with a £150 surcharge at Cwmbran Magistrates Court after being found guilty of three offences at a hearing on Monday, 5th September.  Offences included dispatching a licensed private hire vehicle using an unlicensed driver in Abergavenny on 14th February 2016, allowing a private hire vehicle to be driven by an unlicensed driver in Abergavenny on 14th February 2016 and dispatching a licensed private hire vehicle using an unlicensed driver In Cwmbran on 19th July 2016.  No one from the firm attended the hearing.

The presiding magistrate commented that M D Travel clearly had no regard for the safety of members of the public.

Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Peter Fox said: “The council’s licensing officers will always work with travel operators to maintain standards.  However, we will not hesitate to take legal action when businesses have breached legislation and undermine public safety.”

For further information on the licensing of vehicles visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/taxi