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A taxi driver who failed to disclose a criminal conviction on his application for an Uttlesford hackney carriage and private hire licence has picked up another conviction.

The taxi driver was applying for a permit from the district council in order to work for a local cab company.

He was fined £117 after making an early guilty plea at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. He was ordered to pay £300 towards the council’s costs plus a victim surcharge of £20.

The taxi driver did not mention a previous conviction which he was obliged to disclose on his application – although he did disclose other convictions. Uttlesford District Council became aware of the missing conviction from a DBS check carried out for all applicants.

Doug Perry, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “Applicants for licences are required to inform the council of all previous convictions. It is foolish of them not to do so as the council does carry out checks which will reveal the convictions. We believed that the failure to disclose this conviction was a deliberate act of dishonesty on his part rather than mere inadvertence, as can be the case. We felt it appropriate to bring a prosecution … so that any other local authority he may apply to in the future for a licence would be aware of the position.”

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