Seamus Goslin (70) from Balfe Road in Walkinstown pleaded guilty in November at Dublin District Court to breaching the Taxi Regulation Act after he charged the passengers ?45 for the short trip.
Judge John O’Neill had adjourned the case until today, to see if the taxi-driver would give?250 to the Simon Community along with paying ?800 in prosecution costs. After he was furnished with receipts he applied the Probation Act.
Stephen Ryan, a compliance officer with the National Transport Authority, had told Judge O’Neill that on a date last December, two customers had used the Hailo app to get a taxi from the city-centre to Barrow St after they had been shopping at Smyths toy store.
Goslin picked up the man and woman with their boxes of toys, at Jervis St, close to the shop, and took them to a company office at Barrow Street.
Mr Ryan said he gave them two receipts, one for ?17 and another signed one for ?47, which Goslin claimed was a “carriage charge” for the boxes the two passengers brought with them.
He told the NTA officer it was a “courier job”.
He also claimed it was just before Christmas and a “very busy time”.
Mr Ryan said that in the past taxis were allowed a “luggage charge, but that is gone”.
He carried out two test runs of the same route and found that the fare should have come to approximately ?15.