Penge hair salon owner ordered to pay £592 after being caught without TV Licence
PUBLISHED: 11:39 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:39 08 December 2015
Tracey Roberts, owner of Toya's Hair Salon, on Penge Road, was fined for using a TV without a licence on the business premises
A Penge hair salon owner caught without a TV Licence has been ordered to pay £592 by magistrates.
Tracey Roberts, owner of Toya’s Hair Salon, on Penge Road, was fined £220 for using a TV without a licence on the business premises.
She was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £22 victim surcharge at the hearing in her absence last Friday at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.
An additional criminal court charge of £150 was also applied.
Martin Dyan, TV Licensing spokesperson for London and the south east, said: “We appreciate these are tough times for businesses, but to be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who watch TV illegally.
“As our survey shows, those businesses who do try to get away with it might find the price of being caught to be higher than just a fine.
“We’d rather businesses think ahead and check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted.”
Any business that shows programmes as they’re being shown on TV, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV Licence.
If there is living accommodation on the premises where a TV is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.
Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.