Birmingham Private Hire driver stripped of license

A private hire driver has been stripped of his licence after licking a woman’s face.

Birmingham City Council revoked the licence of the private hire operator, who has not been identified, following a report of sexual assault made to West Midlands Police.

The female passenger told officers that the driver initially grabbed her by the scarf before attempting to ‘stick his tongue down her throat’.

The woman managed to pull away and still offered to pay him the fair before he tried again to kiss her, but instead licked her face.

The incident was referred to the council on April 19.

On the same day licensing officials visited the driver’s home address to inform him his licence had been revoked.

The case was included in a report which went before the council’s licensing and public protection committee today (Wednesday, June 20).

It said: “On 19 April 2018 the Licensing Enforcement Section received information from the West Midlands Police: on or about the same date a female passenger was assaulted in a sexual manner by the driver of a private hire vehicle: the driver grabbed her by her scarf and attempted to ‘stick his tongue down her throat’.

“She was able to free herself and leave the vehicle.

“She approached the driver’s window to pay him but he again grabbed her by the scarf and tried to kiss her but ended up licking her face and nose.”

Emma Rohomon, the council’s acting head of licensing, informed the committee that the driver has since appealed to magistrates against the revocation.