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Taxi driver charged Christmas shoppers €47 for a €15 journey

Tom Tuite

Published 03/11/2015 | 09:58

Seamus Goslin
Seamus Goslin

A taxi driver has been ordered to pay €1,050 for over-charging two Christmas shoppers who had to pay €47 for a €15 fare.

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Seamus Goslin (70), from Balfe Road in Walkinstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court yesterday to breaching the Taxi Regulation Act.

National Transport Authority (NTA) official Stephen Ryan, told the court that last December, two customers got a taxi from the city centre to Barrow St.

Goslin picked up the passengers at Jervis St and gave them two receipts at their destination, one for €17 and another signed one for €47, which Goslin claimed was a "carriage charge" for boxes they brought with them.

Mr Ryan tested the route and found that the fare should have been about €15.

The court heard Goslin is taxi-driving for the past 10 years, has no prior convictions and has not come to further attention.

Judge John O'Neill ordered him to pay €250 to the Simon Community and €800 in prosecution costs.

Goslin's son James last night said: "It looks a lot worse than it is, he's a good man and he wasn't trying to be deceptive", adding that his dad considered it to be a "courier job".

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