2BR news reports that a Pendle taxi driver and a taxi operator have lost in court as Pendle Council’s decision to take away their licences has been upheld by magistrates.
Mohammad Ayub from Crown & Greenline Private Hire, lives at Carr Road Nelson.
He hit and injured an elderly woman in Colne in January without stopping and was not granted his appeal to get his taxi licence back.
The Chairman of the Bench said:
“Mohammad Ayub had shown a shocking lack of care in his driving.”
Pendle Council’s Head of Legal Services played video footage of the incident at the appeal hearing which showed the collision with the pedestrian.
This was taken into account along with the nine penalty points he’d clocked up for three speeding convictions and two other complaints Pendle Council had received against him.
Ayub was described by the Chairman of the Bench as “not a fit and proper person” and awarded Pendle Council £250 in court costs.
Also in court was Riaz Ahmed of Union Cabs, Colne, who was appealing against Pendle Council cancelling his taxi operator’s licence.
The court heard that Ahmed, of Park Avenue Barrowford, had been allowing unlicensed drivers to drive his taxis.
Riaz Ahmed had not kept proper records of bookings, his cars were poorly maintained and Pendle Council had received complaints from the public about his taxi company.
The chairman of the magistrates noted that there had been 16 months of complaints and warnings in respect of record keeping, unlicensed drivers and mechanical faults and that the breaches were continuing.
The court awarded Pendle Council £500 in court costs from Riaz Ahmed, for his failed appeal.
Mr Ahmed has now begun an appeal to the Crown Court against the Magistrates’ Court’s decision.
Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council said: “The court said that he was trusted with public safety and there had been no improvement in his business.
“These two unsuccessful appeals against our decisions show that we are right to take a tough line in tackling problems with taxi drivers and operators.
“Taxi safety in Pendle is very important to us,” he added.