Police object to Pole’s taxi bid

Councillors must decide this week if a Polish man who failed to declare a previous road traffic conviction in his native country should be granted a licence to drive taxis in the Borders.

The police believe that Daniel Krata is not a “fit and proper person” and say they cannot support his application to Friday’s meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s Civic Government Licensing Committee.

In a letter to the committee, Chief Inspector Andrew McLean says Mr Krata was interviewed at Galashiels police station after lodging his licence application in October last year and stated he had no convictions.

But a disclosure check with Polish authorities revealed he had appeared at a court in Lodz on September 1 for “offences under traffic regulations” and was given a suspended probation/supervision penalty.

He was also ordered to pay compensation.

Mr Krata has been asked to make a personal appearance before the committee to explain his non-disclosure.