Pendle cabbies penalised for speeding fine scam

Two Pendle taxi drivers have had their licences temporarily suspended after they admitted attempting to get out of speeding convictions.

Mohammed Anayat and Mohammed Butt, of Nelson, admitted perverting the course of justice and paying a fixer to cheat speeding fines, reports the Burnley Citizen.

The two drivers were among 12 defendants involved in the scam. All admitted using a fixer to supply police with false names and addresses in order to avoid speeding convictions.

Mr Anayat, who also has a previous conviction for an insurance scam, was given an eight week suspended sentence and 100 hours unpaid work. Mr Butt received a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work.

All of the defendants have been ordered to pay £250 each in costs.

Meanwhile, a number of taxi drivers in Liverpool are being investigated after they reportedly charged extortionate fares for travel to and from the Grand National earlier this month.

Trading standards received complaints from people attending Aintree who were charged a minimum fee of £60 for a taxi.

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