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FIT AND PROPER


SUNDERLAND CABBIE LOSES LICENCE APPEAL OVER SPEEDING OFFENCES


A driver has failed to renew his taxi licence after a court heard he had been caught speeding four times. According to the Sunderland Echo, Jalal Uddin Ahmed appealed at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after Sunderland City Council’s Regulatory Committee decided he should lose his taxi licence. Mr Ahmed, from Sunderland, had been licensed by the council since April 2017 but it revoked his licence in November 2020, decideding he was not a “fit and proper person” because of speeding offences in October 2017, October 2018 and September 2019. The driver had received a warning about his future licensing conduct in March 2019 following the first two offences, while Mr Ahmed also failed to inform the council of his second motoring offences within 72 hours. Sunderland City Council say a third offence of driving in excess of a 30mph limit had not been notified to the them, or declared on his taxi licence renewal application. While Mr Ahmed’s appeal was pending he committed a fourth speeding offence in February 2021 and undertook a speed awareness course as he had nine points on his licence. The decision not to renew Mr Ahmed’s taxi licence was then upheld at Newcastle Crown Court on July 23.


GLASGOW PH DRIVER LOSES LICENCE FOR DRIVING AT DOUBLE SPEED LIMIT


A driver has lost his private hire car licence after he was caught driving at more than twice the speed limit on Great Western Road. GlasgowLive reports that Zubair Majid was caught speeding by police officers in December 2019 before he was convicted, fined £200 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points. Mr Majid was brought before the licensing committee on Wednesday 18 August to explain his actions. He said: “At the time of the offence I was an east end taxi driver and I took a job from Dumbarton. The customer had missed her train and was looking to get back to Rutherglen for an appointment there. I know that I need my licence to be clear to have this job and I hold my hands up. “It was a bit confusing because I don’t usually drive on that side of the city where the incident happened. I take full responsibility for what I have done. I know I could have lost my licence and I am sorry for what I have done. I’m a very cautious driver now and I’ve learned from my mistake.” Members raised concerns about Mr Majid being able to drive people safely around the city in light of this event. They also highlighted that drivers often have to take passengers to places within Glasgow they will be unfamiliar with.


SEPTEMBER 2021


UNLICENSED HAMPSHIRE PHV DRIVER HIT WITH £1,000 BILL


A Hampshire PHV driver who worked without a licence has been hit with a bill of more than £1,000. According to the Daily Echo, Craig Carrington drove a cab around Hampshire without a licence in January of this year. The 60-year-old of Dibden, was also uninsured between October 2018 and January 2021. Appearing before Southampton Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to operating a PHV in a controlled district without having a current licence, acting as the driver of a hackney carriage without a licence and being uninsured. His driving licence was endorsed with eight points. Carrington must pay £1,050 in costs and fines.


OXFORD DRIVER FINED FOR DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED TAXI LICENCE


Vale of White Horse District Council has successfully prose- cuted a taxi driver from Oxford after he admitted driving a taxi when not licensed to do so, and failing to report damage to a licensed vehicle to the council. Husaam Hussain, 27, pleaded guilty to the two charges at Oxford Magistrates’ Court at a hearing on 2 July. The court heard that on 30 October 2020 Mr Hussain’s hack- ney carriage and private hire driver licence issued by Vale of White Horse district Council had expired. He had not yet been issued with a new licence as his application was incom- plete, but continued to work driving his taxi and was involved in a road traffic collision involving another vehicle, near Shipton-under-Wychwood on 6 November. Thankfully there were no reported injuries as a result of the collision. The court also heard that when interviewed by the police in connection with this collision, he advised the police that he had notified the council’s licensing team, but when inter- viewed by the council as to why he hadn’t reported damage to his vehicle, he replied that he wasn’t aware that he had to. The court heard that Mr Hussain had submitted his renewal application a couple of weeks before the collision, in which he signed a declaration that he understood the council’s licensing policy and that he couldn’t drive any licensed vehi- cles until he had been issued with a new licence and badge. In sentencing, magistrates took into account Mr Hussain’s early guilty plea and his limited means and imposed a £200 fine (£100 fine for each offence). They ordered him to pay £226 to prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £34. Cllr Helen Pighills, cabinet member for healthy communities, said: “The fact that in this case the driver did not have a licence and subsequently was involved in a collision made the situa- tion worse. It was very fortunate that nobody was injured.”


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