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Uber driver convicted of illegally plying for hire in Guildford

Following a successful prosecution brought by Guildford Borough Council, an Uber driver has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford town centre. The driver was fined £250 plus a £30 victim surcharge and will have to pay the Council's costs of £1,500.

In the early hours of 28 August 2016, an Uber driver parked outside the George Abbot pub on the lower High St agreed to take two Council licensing officers on an unbooked journey, against the conditions of his licence.

Lead Cllr for Licensing and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood says: "Uber and other private hire drivers are only allowed to take pre-booked journeys and this breach shows a clear disregard for the rules. Our licensing officers are working night and day to address this issue. We're pleased that we have successfully prosecuted this driver and hope that this sends a strong message that illegally plying for hire is not acceptable in Guildford."

The case was heard at Guildford Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Published on Thursday 17 August.