During October a total of 9 unlicensed operators were detected in different areas of the country. These comprised:
• 3 unlicensed operators detected in Louth,
• 2 unlicensed operators detected in Dublin,
• 2 unlicensed operators detected in Limerick,
• 1 unlicensed operator detected in Cork and
• 1 unlicensed operator detected in Donegal.
Compliance officers recorded 2623 formal checks of small public service vehicles during the month. As well as the detections of unlicensed operators, 122 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to drivers, with the majority of these penalties issued for standing illegally for hire or to drivers who were not associated to the vehicle that they were driving.
Complaints September 2014
A total of 79 complaints were received during October 2014. The majority of these complaints related to driver conduct.
Prosecutions in October 2014
In October, no prosecutions were heard before the courts, although compliance officers were present to give evidence at two appeal hearings, one in Dublin and one in Cork. The appeal in Cork was adjourned to a later date and the hearing in Dublin confirmed the earlier conviction.