Driving ban for taxi driver who failed roadside drugs test

Date: 22/01/2018

A Gwynedd Council Licensed taxi driver has lost his license after being caught driving by North Wales Police with cocaine in his system. Adrian Jones Williams, 52 of 12 Ger Y Bont, Abererch was stopped on the A499 on 20 September 2017, and failed a roadside drugs test.

At a hearing on the 15 January, Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr. Williams was driving a Vauxhall Zafira licensed as a taxi when he was pulled over by the Police. He pleaded not guilty to two charges of driving over the drugs limit. The drugs test showed he had 61 micrograms of cocaine in his system per liters of blood.

He was found guilty and received a 20-month driving ban, 150 hours community service and was ordered to pay costs of £685.

Gwynedd Council as the taxi licensing authority revoked Mr Williams’ taxi licence, before the Court’s decision to impose a 20 month driving ban, after information was received regarding the charges against him.

Gareth Jones the Senior Manager for Planning and Environmental Services for Gwynedd Council said: “As a Council, we have a responsibility to protect the safety of the public and we therefore take any allegations seriously regarding the conduct of licensed taxi drivers. Licensed drivers convicted of driving any vehicle whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is a very serious matter.”