Hackney Carriage suspension upheld

The suspension of a Hackney Carriage driver has been upheld after an appeal at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Ahmed Hassan, who is licensed to drive a Hackney Carriage taxi by Blaby District Council, had his licence suspended in June 2016 by the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Regulatory Committee after complaints were received by customers about his driving.

The suspension was for three months, and the requirement to take a practical driving test again by the end of the suspension period.

Mr Hassan exercised his right to appeal, which was heard at the Magistrates’ Court in November.

The court upheld the original decision, with the suspension beginning immediately. It will expire on 21 February 2017.

The court also ordered Mr Hassan to pay costs of £1,500.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“We are very pleased with this outcome. This sends a message to all our licensed drivers, that we expect the highest of standards and will challenge any drivers who don’t put public safety first.

“We also hope this reassures customers of licensed taxis in our area that we do take any complaint seriously, and will vigorously investigate any reports we receive.”

For any queries or concerns about a taxi or taxi driver licensed within the District of Blaby, contact the Licensing team via licensing@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7782.

[Source/photo: Blaby District Council Communications]
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