Smoking taxi driver fined

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A TAXI driver has been fined after being caught lighting up in his black cab.

Pedro Carrillo, aged 60, of Vernon Road, Brampton, Chesterfield, was spotted smoking inside a hackney carriage on Derby Road, near the junction with Storforth Lane, Birdholme, Chesterfield.

Magistrates were told it is an offence under the Health Act 2006 if a person smokes in a vehicle used by the public.

The council had initially offered Carrillo a £50 fixed penalty notice instead of prosecution but he did not pay the fine, which would have been reduced to £30 if paid within 15 days.

Carrillo wrote to the court pleading guilty, adding he was sorry for not paying the fine but had been ill. He was fined £117 and ordered to pay costs of £100 to the council, plus a victim surcharge of £15.