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Justice is blind
« on: September 13, 2021, 04:37:08 pm »
Taxi driver who overcharged passengers 270 times has licence restored
He used a concealed remote control device to increase fares on his meter, which he did 15 times a week from February 1 until June 12, 2019


MON, 13 SEP, 2021 - 16:16
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A taxi driver, who scammed passengers 270 times over a six-month period by secretly using a remote control to add €9 to fares, has been allowed to have his licence back and work again.

Raymond Pidgeon, 65, from Kilakee Close, Greenpark, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, will be allowed to resume driving his taxi despite pleading guilty last year to overcharging customers contrary to the Taxi Regulation Act.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/taxi-driver-ripped-off-customers-270-times-using-remote-control-38859557.html


A taxi driver, who scammed passengers 270 times over a six-month period by secretly using a remote control to add €9 to fares, has been allowed have his licence back and work again.

Raymond Pidgeon, 65, from Kilakee Close, Greenpark, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, will be allowed to resume driving his taxi, despite pleading guilty last year to over-charging customers contrary to the Taxi Regulation Act.

He used a concealed remote control device to increase fares on his meter, which he did 15 times a week from 1 February until 12 June, 2019.

His prosecution at Dublin District Court in January 2020 followed a massive probe by the National Transport Authority (NTA) into widespread use of a device to rip off unsuspecting taxi passengers.

The offence can result in a fine of up to €4,000. As a result of mitigating factors, however, he was handed a nominal fine of €200 and was ordered to pay €400 in prosecution costs.

After the prosecution, gardaí revoked his taxi licence.

However, Mr Pidgeon came back to the district court today to appeal the licence revocation, which was opposed by gardaí from the carriage office.
Judge John Brennan noted the evidence from NTA inspector Liam Kavanagh, who investigated reports that some taxis were over-charging by covertly using a remote device with certain meters.

Following a complaint by a tourist, Mr Pidgeon had been interviewed by the NTA in mid-June 2019 about a €20 over-charge on a fare. The inspector became suspicious by Mr Pidgeon's explanation and €9 could not be accounted for, the court heard.

He learned the taxi driver used an Aguila meter, the type that was being used with the remote control. He cautioned Mr Pidgeon again and told him he was also investigating the use of remote devices to over-charge taxi passengers.

At that point the taxi man "broke down". He admitted he was one of the drivers and that he had bought one of the remote controls.

He had done it for eight months, but could only be charged for the offences committed over the latest six-month period prior to the investigation.

Mr Kavanagh said the taxi man acted "cute" by not bringing the remote to the meeting, but he later handed it over.

As a result of the NTA investigation, 260 taxi meters were recalled and recalibrated.

Mr Pidgeon, who had no prior convictions, was co-operative, the appeal heard.

Pleading for the restoration of the driver's taxi licence, Matthew Holmes BL asked the court to note the evidence that his client’s wife had been suffering ill health at the time. Medical documents were available.

The barrister submitted that the witness’s description of his client as "cute" did not stack up with the evidence of a man crying and giving cooperation which assisted the investigation.

Mr Holmes described it as a "slip-up" by the driver in his 20-year career.

Judge Brennan remarked that slip-up lasted six months.

He noted there had been other convictions as a result of the investigation. These were serious matters for members of the public who were essentially defrauded by way of over-charging, he added.

He took into account testimonials on Mr Pidgeon’s good, hard-working character and that he had pleaded guilty when the prosecution came to court last year, after which he had suffered from the publicity. The health issues were not mitigating circumstances, however, he held.

He noted Mr Pidgeon had been a taxi driver for a long time and that his co-operation assisted the NTA’s large scale investigation. He has been off the road since March last year and "colloquially speaking he has done his time".

That tipped the balance in his favour, said Judge Brennan as he allowed the appeal.

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Offline Dr. Martin Gooter Bling

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2021, 04:38:48 pm »
the jig is up.
i'm flushin my remote down the shitter later on.

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2021, 05:32:39 pm »
He has been off the road since March last year and "colloquially speaking he has done his time".

That tipped the balance in his favour, said Judge Brennan as he allowed the appeal.


Maybe I should confess to that murder I did last year.  I've been off the road since last March as well.  Wonder if I'd get a free pass?

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2021, 05:39:14 pm »
murder and rape. they're the only two ways you can lose yizzer license.
antin else and you're gameball.
you had your man taking people's bank cards and prying himself out of the car and withdrawing hundreds of their dosh at ATMs and handin the fuckin card back to them. got off because he was using the money to bang coke up his hooter.

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2021, 07:15:21 pm »
murder and rape. they're the only two ways you can lose yizzer license.
antin else and you're gameball.
you had your man taking people's bank cards and prying himself out of the car and withdrawing hundreds of their dosh at ATMs and handin the fuckin card back to them. got off because he was using the money to bang coke up his hooter.
Snuffed it I tink after .....nobody gets out here alive.....why can't these cnuts just be nice ?    Wer they denied the tit wen they babies  ???
Poor cnuts ....

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2021, 07:20:17 pm »
"Colloquially" We have all served a sentence. Some might say "A Pidgeon has just shat on us and got away with it".

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2021, 10:13:47 pm »
Still one of DAAs finest?

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2021, 06:20:27 am »
So he served his time during the pandemic...like a lot of drivers...and wants back on the road!!

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2021, 08:33:42 am »
So he served his time during the pandemic...like a lot of drivers...and wants back on the road!!
He is back on the road !

I wonder did he get the PUP while he was off ??

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2021, 11:01:29 am »
Came across him before…..He doesn’t like to be pigeon holed..
Dis an Dat Im not a rat

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Re: Justice is blind
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2021, 11:32:27 pm »
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Toyota Avensis 1.8 V-matic BUS EDT CVT 4DR, 2017
Body: 4 Door Saloon
Engine CC: 1798
Fuel: Petrol
Colour: Grey

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Not on the register yet. If he is a Kesh driver and is allowed to keep his permit it says a lot about DAA management.

Drug dealers and thieves are allowed to resume their former activities.

Did he have union representation?

 


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