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London cabbie fined for parking in Essex

A London taxi driver is £1,600 out of pocket after being prosecuted for parking in an Uttlesford rank.

Tfl taxi driver fined Credit: PA Images

Brett Michael Desmond, who is a licensed TfL taxi driver, was observed by Uttlesford District Council enforcement officers parking his licensed vehicle at the Great Dunmow taxi rank and leaving it unattended on 24 November 2014.

The cab occupied the sole high street rank, opposite the town’s war memorial, preventing any licensed vehicles within the district from using it.

Mr Desmond, of Chelmsford Road, Margaret Roding, pleaded not guilty to the offence at an initial hearing on 9 July. He was represented at his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrate’s Court on 21 September, and was found guilty of the offence.

He was fined £200, plus a victim surcharge of £20, and ordered to pay costs.