Posted by: rowenawilcox | March 2, 2010

Taxi driver prosecuted for refusing disabled passenger

 

A Hackney Carriage Driver has been prosecuted for refusing to take a disabled passenger as a fare, whilst working at a Cardiff rank.

Mr Asherock Khan of Roath Court Place, Cardiff, would not accept a wheelchair bound passenger from the St Mary Street taxi rank last August.

Thirty-year-old Khan stated that there was insufficient room in the boot of his vehicle for the fold up wheelchair, despite suggestions from the passenger’s carer that the wheelchair would fit in the rear passenger.

The incident was reported to Cardiff Council’s Licensing Section, who brought the case to  Cardiff Magistrates Court.

Khan, pleaded guilty to ‘refusal of a fare’ and was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £60 at Cardiff Magistrates Court on 19th February 2010.
 
Speaking of the case, Councillor Ed Bridges, Chair of Cardiff’s Licensing Committee said: “We would like to remind members of the public that it is an offence for a working Hackney Carriage driver to refuse a fare that starts and finishes within Cardiff.

“It is also an offence for such a driver not to use the fitted meter or to charge more than the legal tariff of fares within the boundaries of Cardiff. Cardiff Council investigates all complaints concerning taxi drivers as public safety is of great concern to us, and I would urge anybody to complain if they are dissatisfied with the service they receive,” he added.
 
Coun Bridges also urged members of the public who come across such offences to report the incident as soon as possible to the Council’s Licensing Section on 20871651 or fax 20871850, e-mail Licensing@cardiff.gov.uk, or alternatively call Cardiff’s Single Non-Emergency number on 101.
 
To enable Licensing Officers to investigate fully, the following details should be provided:
 
* Vehicle details – plate number and/or registration number.
* Driver details – drivers badge number and name (if obtainable),
* Time and place of incident. 

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