Second taxi driver fined for failing to collect a blind passenger

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Following the conviction of a Kirklees licensed driver last week, on Tuesday 24 November 2015 another taxi driver was convicted at Kirklees Magistrates for refusing to take a blind passenger with their guide dog.

Shahid Mehboob, a Rossendale licensed driver who was working for Woods taxi’s in Salendine Nook at the time of the offence, was caught committing the offence under the Equality Act 2010 in July 2015, on an operation led by our licensing officers accompanied by colleagues from West Yorkshire Police.

The court heard that Mehboob who is licensed by Rossendale Council as a Hackney Carriage driver was dispatched to pick up a customer from the Cedar Court hotel, but when he arrived and saw the dog, Mehboob of Peternoster Lane, Bradford said ‘no, no, no, I’m scared of dogs’. Even when it was pointed out to him that it was an assistance dog he still said ‘no’.

Mehboob didn’t attend court but in his absence, his solicitor entered a guilty plea for failing to carry out a booking for a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog.

Magistrates ordered Mehboob of Peternoster Lane, Bradford to pay a £50 fine, £276 prosecution costs, a £150 court charge and a £20 victim surcharge.

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