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A taxi driver who flouted the law by driving nearly 200 bookings despite not having a valid licence has been fined £1,582 and banned from driving for 12 months by Chesterfield Magistrates.

Mr Chaudhry Shoaib Ur Raza from Ashfield had held a licence to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles issued by us, until it expired on 9 March 2019 as a result of errors with Mr Raza’s application to renew his licence. Despite making several attempts to contact him to resolve the problem Mr Raza continued to drive and take bookings. A  representative image of a taxi

On 30 July 2019, we contacted Mr Raza to remind him that he was not legally permitted to drive his hackney carriage as his licence had expired. Mr Raza claimed he was only working in the office and not driving.

However, operator records for 11 July 2019 to 12 August 2019 showed that the defendant had undertaken a total of 184 bookings during this period, more than half of which took place after he was warned on 30 July that such activity was unlawful.

When interviewed under caution Mr Raza denied committing the offences but was unable to provide any explanation for the booking records and acknowledged that he was not insured to drive for hire and reward if unlicensed.

Mr Raza was charged in respect of four sample journeys undertaken on 1, 3, 8 and 11 August, all of which took place within Derbyshire and on each occasion he did not hold a valid licence nor was the vehicle insured as a result.

Mr Raza failed to attend both the original and sentencing court dates in December and January, but we proved him guilty in absence on all eight charges.

He was awarded 6 points for four offences of driving without insurance, totalling 24 points and a driving disqualification for 12 months for the totting up of points.

He also received a £300 fine for each offence and had to pay £350.00 costs and £32 victim surcharge, totalling £1,582.

District Judge Taaffe decided to impose no separate penalties for the offences of driving without a taxi licence.

 

Our waste collection and street cleansing services have been recognised as some of the best performing in the country.

The refuse collection team were nominated in the ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Most Improved Performer’ in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Networks awards.

The street cleansing service were also nominated for ‘Best Performer’ in the Street Cleansing category. Pictured is Presenter and Broadcaster Charlie Webster presenting the awards to Cllr Deborah Watson (centre) and Steve Brunt,  Head of Streetscene.

Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Deborah Watson said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the big strides we have made within our waste and street cleansing teams. Staff have been working hard to ensure our residents benefit from top quality services and these awards show what we are doing is working.”

The awards honour excellence in public services and are based on annual data that councils across the UK send to APSE every September.

Our refuse team carries out 2.6 million domestic black, burgundy and green bin collections every year, collecting more than 32,934 tonnes of waste, of which 13,426 (41% approx.) is recycled or composted.

The street cleansing team sweep and clean around 470 miles of roads every year on varying daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly frequencies and empty 665 litter and pet waste bins each week.

 

In October 2019 we commenced a period of Statutory and Public Consultation regarding the need for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Langwith and Whaley Thorns.

A PSPO is a provision, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with persistent and unreasonable conduct by individuals in a public place which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers, police officers and PCSOs.

In 2015 we made a PSPO which was successful in tackling anti-social behaviour in Langwith. When this expired we worked with the Police and the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership to review the need of the order, taking into account the latest reports of anti-social behaviour witnessed and reported to the police. As such some amendments were proposed to the previous order, including the introduction of a direction to leave.

Following a period of statutory and public consultation we have now made a new order effective from Monday 16 December 2019 which has introduced restrictions in the defined area. 

 

In October 2019 we commenced a period of Statutory and Public Consultation regarding the  need for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Shirebrook and Langwith Junction.

A PSPO is a provision, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with persistent and unreasonable conduct by individuals in a public place which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers, police officers and PCSOs.

In 2015 we made a PSPO which was successful in tackling anti-social behaviour in Shirebrook. When this expired we worked with the Police and the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership to review the need of the order, taking into account the latest reports of anti-social behaviour witnessed and reported to the police. As such some amendments were proposed to the previous order, including the introduction of a direction to leave.

Following a period of statutory and public consultation we have now made a new order effective from 16 December 2019 which has introduced restrictions in the defined area.

 

Bin Collections (Christmas)

Bin Collections will change over the Christmas period, download one of the calendars below to find out more about collections in your area. To see which calendar relates to your area please read this document.

   

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