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Smoking lands taxi driver in ‘fine’ mess

A Chesterfield taxi driver has been fined after he was caught smoking in his Hackney carriage.

David Henry Thorley, 54, of Mansfield Road, Temple Normanton was caught by Chesterfield Borough Council’s enforcement officers on 21 October 2015.

He had previously received a fixed penalty notice for smoking in the vehicle.

Thorley failed to appear at a hearing at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Wednesday 27 April and was fined £320 in fines and costs, which he must pay within 14 days.

He also received six penalty points on his taxi driver’s licence for the offence.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “All of our licensed taxi drivers should know that it is illegal for them to smoke in their vehicles.

“This is the second time that David Thorley had been caught smoking and this case shows that we take these breaches seriously.”

Any taxi passengers who see a driver smoking should report it by calling 01246 345345.

First published on 29 April 2016 Last updated on 12 May 2017