Taxi driver did not display external plates on vehicle

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

A taxi driver was fined £200 last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for a speeding offence on January 27.

Pawel Marek (36), of Avonlea Manor, Craigavon, also received six points and was ordered to pay 1 £15 offenders levy. He was also fined £75 for using a taxi without external plates.

The court heard that at 1.25am saw a taxi which they thought was exceeding the 40mph speed limit. The followed it and over four tenths of a mile it was travelling at 70mph in a 40mph zone.

It was confirmed he was carrying a fare to Craigavon. There were two passengers in the back of the vehicle. There were no taxi plates on the front of the car.

Mr Brendan Hagan, representing the defendant, said the defendant was travelling out of Lurgan to Craigavon on a straight stretch of road. Because it was early in the morning and there was little traffic about the defendant had gone at an unacceptable speed.

Mr Hagan said there was a taxi sign on the roof and the plates had been in the front and rear windows. The defendant had since rectified the situation.