Suspended Taxi Driver Loses Second Appeal

A TAXI driver whose Hackney carriage drivers’ licence was suspended for 30 days has lost his second appeal against the decision.

The suspension was given when Zahid Rahman, of Radstock Road, east Reading, attended Reading Borough Council’s Licensing Committee on 4th November 2015 to review his behaviour towards fellow taxi-drivers, council officers, members of the public, as well as over-ranking and using a mobile device whilst driving.

Mr Rahman, 49, appealed the decision in front of a district judge at Reading Magistrates on 29th July 2016 and 26th August 2016 where his case was dismissed and he was ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Mr Rahman then appealed the decision of the district judge at Reading Crown Court on 27th and 28th July 2017 where his case was dismissed and he was ordered to pay £6,504.04 costs.

Councillor Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:

It is important that the behaviour of taxi drivers licensed by the Council meet the high standards expected and the Council takes action when required.

“I would like to thank the Council officers involved for seeing this case through and helping to secure a satisfactory outcome.”

David Millward

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