Category Archive: Fit & Proper

Oct 24

“Words can’t express your stupidity” — Angus taxi driver sacked after touching teenager

An Angus taxi driver was sacked by his employer after he sexually assaulted a teenager, a court heard. Brian Michie from Brechin appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and admitted assaulting the female at his home. The court heard the 60-year-old had become “attracted” to the teenager and had “made a move” on April 23 this …

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Oct 23

Uber driver who called passenger a black c*** before punching her avoids jails

An Uber driver who called a passenger a ‘black c***’ and then punched her in the face in a fit of anger has avoided jail. Shahab Akbar, 33, hurled the insult at Taleka White, 27, before trying pull her from his cab and punching her twice in the face after a row over two drop-offs. …

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Oct 22

Uber driver ‘sped off after spotting visually impaired passenger and her daughter, 15, had a guide dog’

Claire Currie, from Liverpool, left by Uber driver ‘because of guide dog’  The ‘shaken’ mother was trying to take daughter to a hospital appointment Uber are investigating and the driver may lose access to the popular app  A minicab driver may permanently lose access to Uber after a passenger claims her and her daughter were …

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Oct 21

Updated rules on offenders applying for taxi licences in Barrow in wake of Rotherham child abuse scandal

NEW guidelines have been approved spelling out when former offenders can become taxi drivers in Barrow. A policy review for licensing hackney carriages and private cars has been completed and given the green light. According to the policy’s wording, offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, and other serious crimes will have their application refused “unless …

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Oct 21

‘Despicable’ taxi driver banned from driving after blaming wife for his traffic offence

A ‘despicable’ taxi driver has been banned from driving for 18 months after attempting to pervert the course of justice by blaming his wife for his own traffic offence. Ibrar Suleman’s Mercedes taxi was seen driving through a red light in Sheffield in February. Suleman eventually responded to letters and emails about the incident to …

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Oct 18

Fined: Old Trafford football fan taken for a ride by overcharging taxi driver

The football fan was travelling back to Manchester Airport after the game at Old Trafford A TAXI driver has been ordered to fork out almost £600 after duping a football fan into paying double fare from Old Trafford to Manchester Airport – which he had claimed was the passenger’s idea. Hackney carriage driver Farzin Kheshvari …

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Oct 16

Cambridgeshire taxi firms slam council delays in granting licenses

Taxi firms claim they are missing out on dozens of potential jobs a day – as the council delays applications by up to two months. South Cambs Taxis Ltd (SCT), based in Sawston, says that delays in setting up appointments with South Cambridgeshire District Council are ‘damaging’ small businesses. Prospective drivers have been forced to …

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Oct 14

Black taxi drivers march in protest over minicab medical tests

Around 100 cab drivers marched in protest today at TfL’s lack of medical regulation of mini cab drivers. Black cab drivers staged a demonstration in Southwark after learning of allegations minicab drivers are allegedly using loopholes to pass medicals. An independent investigation revealed mini cab drivers were able to pay certain doctors for a medical pass. London …

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Oct 11

Taxi driver caught with £250,000 in his Skoda

A taxi driver who was caught out for being involved in a £2million money laundering racket has been jailed after being found with £250,000 on the back seat of his car. Authorities found the cash in a bag on the back seat of Waqas Ilyas’ Skoda when they swooped in April, 2015, the Manchester Evening …

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Oct 11

Mum of girl injured in horror smash ‘furious’ that private-hire driver is back on the roads

The mother of a little girl who was left brain damaged after a crash with a private-hire says she’s “absolutely furious” that the driver is back in the profession. Jessica Bootes was just four when she was seriously injured in a horror road crash on the A194 near Lindisfarne Roundabout, in Jarrow in March 2014. …

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