Nelson taxi driver hit with £440 fine after throwing cigarette end from car

This Is Lancashire: Nelson taxi driver hit with £440 fine after throwing cigarette end from car Nelson taxi driver hit with £440 fine after throwing cigarette end from car

A NELSON taxi driver has been ordered to pay £440 for throwing a cigarette end from his car window.

Fayyaz Mohammed, 48, of Crawford Street, Nelson, failed to attend Reedley Magistrates’ Court to face the charge.

But the case was proved in his absence and the court imposed a fine of £200 plus £220 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

On November 25, 2013, a waste management officer from Pendle Council witnessed Mohammed throw his cigarette end from the window of his car, a taxi he was driving for Matrix Taxis in Nelson.

Mohammed’s details were obtained by checking his vehicle details with the DVLA.

He was later issued with a fixed penalty notice — carrying a fine of £75 — for dropping cigarette litter. But he did not pay this and, as a result, ended up being taken to court last Thursday. Coun John David, executive member for environmental services, said the fine should serve as a warning to other people not to drop rubbish on the streets.

He said: “Cigarette ends are classed as litter and should always be disposed of properly – in the bin.

“Just like with other forms of litter, it is an offence to throw them on the ground, and it is particularly uncivilised to just hurl them from a car window.

“This prosecution should serve as a warning to anyone that they can face a hefty fine, all for failing to do the decent thing and put their rubbish in the bin.”

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4:08pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Should of doubled the fine as it seems clear he must of been smoking in a taxi.
Should of doubled the fine as it seems clear he must of been smoking in a taxi. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 45

4:10pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

Excellent! We need more enforcement of this law. It's bad enough throwing any litter on the ground, but cigarette ends are particularly disgusting.
Excellent! We need more enforcement of this law. It's bad enough throwing any litter on the ground, but cigarette ends are particularly disgusting. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 36

4:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

churchman says...

cant wait to see what action the council take now.if he was working he was breaking the law smoking in the taxi.what the odds on his firm saying he was,nt working.
cant wait to see what action the council take now.if he was working he was breaking the law smoking in the taxi.what the odds on his firm saying he was,nt working. churchman
  • Score: 34

4:23pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Izanears says...

It might not be a bad idea for the enforcement officers to talk a walk around the entrance to the Lord nelson pub and William Hill's bookies shop on Scotland Road. There is a fortune to be made!
It might not be a bad idea for the enforcement officers to talk a walk around the entrance to the Lord nelson pub and William Hill's bookies shop on Scotland Road. There is a fortune to be made! Izanears
  • Score: 31

4:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

onsidecobra says...

Just pay the fine Mr Mohammed, you know it makes sense!
Just pay the fine Mr Mohammed, you know it makes sense! onsidecobra
  • Score: 17

4:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

I'm not condoning his actions but as was reported yesterday, a woman from Chorley wrongly claimed £3,700 in benefits she wasn't entitled to and was fined £175.

What's all that about?
I'm not condoning his actions but as was reported yesterday, a woman from Chorley wrongly claimed £3,700 in benefits she wasn't entitled to and was fined £175. What's all that about? Manuel Hung
  • Score: 35

4:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

jaffa90 says...

Also a passing cyclist or motorbiker can take this onboard with a fright.
Also a passing cyclist or motorbiker can take this onboard with a fright. jaffa90
  • Score: 12

4:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Stone Island: says...

As others have stated, it is illegal to smoke in a taxi, so is anything going to be done about it? Maybe the LT could ask the question?
As others have stated, it is illegal to smoke in a taxi, so is anything going to be done about it? Maybe the LT could ask the question? Stone Island:
  • Score: 12

5:19pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Another Day says...

He was breaking the law , glad he was fined
He was breaking the law , glad he was fined Another Day
  • Score: 15

5:41pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Mmm, a fine for a cig butt. fair do's on that but, it's ok for taxi drivers to yeild samuria swords at people. how's that????
Mmm, a fine for a cig butt. fair do's on that but, it's ok for taxi drivers to yeild samuria swords at people. how's that???? Just an observer
  • Score: 10

5:48pm Thu 6 Mar 14

the white witch says...

This taxi driver should of had a harsher penalty than just a fine because he knew he done wrong, he did`nt care enough to turn up at court to face the verdict like a real man, and he did`nt even care about any passengers that he had to carry, this is the type of man that only cares about himself.
This taxi driver should of had a harsher penalty than just a fine because he knew he done wrong, he did`nt care enough to turn up at court to face the verdict like a real man, and he did`nt even care about any passengers that he had to carry, this is the type of man that only cares about himself. the white witch
  • Score: 18

6:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ste220 says...

didnt pay the fixed penalty=check, didnt turn up for court=check, likelyhood of the fine being paid=nil
didnt pay the fixed penalty=check, didnt turn up for court=check, likelyhood of the fine being paid=nil ste220
  • Score: 15

6:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

truth-teller says...

I bet he thinks twice about doing it again
I bet he thinks twice about doing it again truth-teller
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

Despite the headline, he was actually hit with a £75 fine, not a £440 fine.
Despite the headline, he was actually hit with a £75 fine, not a £440 fine. happycyclist
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Thu 6 Mar 14

LWebber says...

Wish the police had seen the scumbag who threw litter out of his car window on Castle Road in Colne this morning. If the scruffy little peasant in the silver rust bucket is reading this, I bet your parents are very proud of the values they instilled in you.....not.
Wish the police had seen the scumbag who threw litter out of his car window on Castle Road in Colne this morning. If the scruffy little peasant in the silver rust bucket is reading this, I bet your parents are very proud of the values they instilled in you.....not. LWebber
  • Score: 11

8:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

keybo5 says...

He was probably on his mobile phone with his other hand as well as chucking out his fag end.
He was probably on his mobile phone with his other hand as well as chucking out his fag end. keybo5
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

burner says...

Excellent - but entirely disproportionate. . . . . see Manuel H's comment.
Excellent - but entirely disproportionate. . . . . see Manuel H's comment. burner
  • Score: 2

9:01am Fri 7 Mar 14

hunter3062 says...

why not appear in court?? perhaps the benefits investigation team also wanted to catch up with him.taxi classed as a place of work come on thats a fine as well.take his taxi untill the fine is paid. get the message across.
why not appear in court?? perhaps the benefits investigation team also wanted to catch up with him.taxi classed as a place of work come on thats a fine as well.take his taxi untill the fine is paid. get the message across. hunter3062
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Elsie C says...

Nice one. Smokers are some of the worst litter bugs that there are. They are very selfish, dirty, smelly and they certainly don't care about anyone other than them selves.

There should be a lot more of these kinds of fines.
Nice one. Smokers are some of the worst litter bugs that there are. They are very selfish, dirty, smelly and they certainly don't care about anyone other than them selves. There should be a lot more of these kinds of fines. Elsie C
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Steve4x4 says...

What is the £20 victim surcharge? 8ullshit.......
How is it that lots of taxi drivers drive with a hoodie on? that can only obstruct side vision and what is the cd hanging from the interior mirror all about? Why do taxi drivers have to be on the phone while driving paying passengers around? seems like the taxi enforcement officer is not up to the job in Accrington.....
What is the £20 victim surcharge? 8ullshit....... How is it that lots of taxi drivers drive with a hoodie on? that can only obstruct side vision and what is the cd hanging from the interior mirror all about? Why do taxi drivers have to be on the phone while driving paying passengers around? seems like the taxi enforcement officer is not up to the job in Accrington..... Steve4x4
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

maybe the boys in blue should stand outside 1 market st Nelson!! that's why street cleaners are employed outside most of the day
maybe the boys in blue should stand outside 1 market st Nelson!! that's why street cleaners are employed outside most of the day ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 1

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