Unlicensed Birmingham drivers caught in taxi safety operation



Partygoers are being urged to pre-book their journeys home after officers caught two drivers illegally for hire during a licensing operation.

Birmingham City Council’s licensing officers, working with West Midlands Police colleagues, caught two drivers illegally for hire, including a member of the public posing as a licensed driver, who picked up two undercover police officers.

The city council intends to prosecute both drivers: If convicted, the private hire driver who attempted to pick up fares, could also have his licence permanently revoked.

This action comes as the council’s new public safety campaign urges revellers to be safe and pre-book their taxis home after their Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Revellers are being warned not to flag down a private hire car in the street as the driver will commit an offence if he picks them up – and if the driver has an accident, the passengers will not be insured. Those who have not pre-booked can get a taxi from one of two marshalled ranks in the city centre on Broad Street or Ladywell Walk, near the Arcadian.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “This is the busiest time for our bars, clubs and restaurants which are packed with people enjoying themselves and we want them to get home safely.