Diamond Cars taxi operator banned from driving for having no insurance
THE owner of a Barnstaple based taxi firm has been handed a driving ban after North Devon Council discovered she had been running her firm's fleet of four cars without insurance.
A court also heard how the firm had ferried children to and from school under contract to Devon County Council while the vehicles were uninsured.
Joanne Lynne Brend, 45, of 9 Vicarage Lawn, pleaded guilty to using her own taxi without insurance and permitting the use of another three without insurance when she appeared at North Devon Magistrates' Court on December 19 last year. The case was bought to the Journal's attention when it was mentioned on a North Devon Council licensing newsletter sent to all taxi drivers in the area.
In court North Devon Council showed how Brend allowed four vehicles belonging to her firm, Diamond Cars, to be used without insurance from May to August last year. She was fined £300 and disqualified from driving for a year.
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North Devon Council also suspended her taxi driver's licence, which has now expired.