Loughborough cabbie caught watching football match on phone while driving
A cab driver paid the penalty after undercover officers caught him watching a football match on his phone while driving.
The driver was caught during the operation in which two plain-clothed Charnwood Borough Council officers hailed a cab at Loughborough Train Station for a journey to a hotel in Ashby Road.
They were stunned when the driver put his mobile phone on his dashboard and tuned in to watch the match.
The cabbie also overcharged them for the trip, which is illegal.
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The driver admitted two offences of "misconduct regarding the charging of fares" and for failing to "take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of passengers", under the Town Police Clauses Act and Local Government ((Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.
He received nine penalty points on his taxi operator licence.
If he exceeds 12 in a 12-month period, a hearing can be held to determine whether or not to suspend or revoke his taxi licence.
The incident happened in June, but the council has just released the information following an investigation.