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Ligoniel Taxis depot owner fined over use of unlicensed taxi

A businessman has been fined a total of £150 at Belfast Magistrates Court after enforcement officials who ordered a taxi were driven in an unlicensed car.

Ligoniel Taxis depot owner Kevin Maguire was charged with two offences relating to the use of an unregulated taxi.

Maguire, of Weavershill Square in the city, was fined £75 for providing an unlicensed vehicle and a further £75 for providing a taxi service where the driver was not the holder of a taxi driver's licence. Mr Maguire was also ordered to pay court costs of £25 and an offenders levy of £15.

On April 20, 2013 DVA enforcement officers entered the premises of Ligoniel Taxis in north Belfast and requested a taxi.

From those premises they were directed to a vehicle in the adjoining car park which took them on their journey. The vehicle and driver who completed the journey were both found to be unlicensed.

Mr Maguire, owner and manager of the depot, was subsequently interviewed for both offences. However he denied any involvement in the incident.

He contested the matter at Belfast Magistrates Court but was found guilty of both offences.

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