A TAXI driver has been suspended after failing to declare his driving convictions.

The 74-year-old from Honeybourne has been suspended for 12 weeks after failing to inform his licensing authority of three previous driving convictions.

All three offences happened between July 2021 and March 2022, totalling nine penalty points on his licence.

The driver, licensed by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, failed to tell them of the convictions, with it only coming to light when he applied to renew his Dual Driver's licence. 

The council's policy and conditions for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers state that: "The proprietor of a licensed vehicle should notify the Council in writing of any conviction or caution recorded against him or of any penalty points incurred within seven days of such a conviction being imposed."

The district council's Licensing Panel gave the verdict at the end of October for failing to report three driving convictions to the Local Authority.

The driver was also requested to provide the Licensing Department with a DVLA share code every three months for the duration of his Dual Driver's licence so that his driving licence can be checked for penalty points that may have accrued.

The panel said that this was not the first occasion the driver had been before the district council's Licensing Panel for this type of matter, and the driver was fully aware of the need to report such offences.