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A blind man was refused a taxi ride after driver saw guide dog

A blind man was refused a taxi ride after driver saw guide dog

A blind man was refused a taxi ride after driver saw guide dog

Unfortunately,a Nottingham private hire driver, Mr Saghir panicked when he went to pick up a fare from a pub near Trent Bridge. He saw Mr and Mrs Whittle emerge from a pub with a guide dog, panicked and drove off, leaving the couple in the lurch.

The couple rang the taxi firm to complain and they tried to convince the driver to pick them up along with the dog, but he refused due the presence of the animal.

The couple were angry at the antics of the taxi driver especially after trying to persuade him and reminding him of his legal duties. However, the taxi driver remained defiant and it cost him his licence. Under the Equality Act, guide dog and other assistance dog owners have the right to enter the majority of services, premises and vehicles with their dog, including taxis.

A review of the drivers Hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence, it was revoked indefinitely and he will need to reapply, and convince that he is suitable as a taxi driver.

The complaint went to Nottingham council and the driver was taken court, where he admitted guilt in failing to pickup a customer from Derby Justice Centre in December. His licence was taken away from him and he was fined £210 with a victim surcharge of £30 and was ordered to pay costs of £236.17, a bill totalling £476.17.

This conviction will send a strong message to taxi drivers that the council and customers expect the highest standards at all times.

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