A HACKNEY carriage driver who was caught driving on the pavement on two separate occasions has had his taxi licence revoked.
The first offence committed by Manzoor Hussain, of Combe Road, Tilehurst was spotted by police officers on 5th April 2018.
Officers witnessed the 44-year-old driving from St Mary’s Butts to Oxford Road via the pavement in front of Metro bank and across the entrance to the Broad Street Mall to avoid traffic.
On 16th May 2018 he was caught on CCTV driving across the pavement outside Tesco Express on Oxford Road to avoid having to reverse into a parking space.
The Council’s Licensing Committee revoked Mr Hussain’s licence at a meeting on 1st August 2018 as members concluded he was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.
Mr Hussain subsequently appealed the decision of the Licensing Committee and had his case heard at Reading Magistrates Court on 18th March 2019. The court dismissed his appeal and ordered him to pay legal costs of £500.