Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s decision to revoke Shahid Tafader’s taxi licence was upheld by a court
A taxi driver has lost his licence to operate in Reigate and Banstead after making sexually suggestive comments towards a lone female passenger.
Shahid Tafader had his taxi licence revoked by the borough council and, at a subsequent hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (October 27), the decision was upheld by the court.
Mr Shahid Tafader’s licence was revoked in November 2016 following the allegation and the council later rejected an appeal against the decision.
After failing to get that decision overturned at Friday’s court hearing, he was ordered to pay costs of £4,500.
Tafader of Hyperion Walk, Horley, was already facing a bill of £700 in court costs after first taking the case to Redhill Magistrates’ Court before it closed down.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, Graham Knight, said: “We expect taxi drivers licensed by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to meet high standards of behaviour.
“Mr Tafader’s behaviour fell far short of those standards so revoking his licence was the right thing to do.
“We are extremely pleased that the courts endorsed our decision at each stage. Passengers should feel confident that they are safe in taxis licensed by this council.”