Monday, March 10, 2014

Minicab driver banned because of 'concerns about contact with schoolgirls'

A PRIVATE hire driver has lost his licence after concerns were raised about his contact with schoolgirls.

The driver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had his licence removed by Bolton Council’s licensing and environmental regulation committee.

He was banned after the councillors heard from police how complaints by passengers had been made and a parent raised concern about the driver’s conduct while he was off duty.

The committee heard how the driver arranged to pick up two 13-year-old girls just before midnight on a Friday evening — despite not being on duty.

He was alleged to have been sending text messages to the girls and offering “free” rides to the youngsters.

He is no longer allowed to work as a private hire driver.

Sgt John Boyce, from Bolton's partnership and licensing team, said: “The motives of this driver were very questionable. The public has a right to expect that private hire drivers are of good character. In this particular case, the actions of the driver fell well short of that standard.”

This case follows that of private hire driver Riazuddin Malji’s unsuccessful challenge to overturn a decision made by Bolton Council to have his licence revoked last year.

Malji was found to not be a fit and proper person to be a private hire driver after he allegedly asked a 13-year-old passenger’s mobile phone number and asked if she liked smoking drugs.

Bolton magistrates upheld the decision of the council at the appeal hearing.

source: Bolton News.

EDITORIAL COMMENT:

You don't have to have a conviction to lose your bill.

Warning to all drivers:

You are in a vulnerable position working alone and it's their word against yours, so don't do or say anything that could be misinterpreted.

Get CCTV fitted for your sake now!

4 comments:

Rachel G said...

I don't want cameras in the back when I am out with my friends!

Anonymous said...

That's right Jim, we all need to protect ourselves against accusations from 13 year old girls... FFS.

Anonymous said...

You are in a vulnerable position working alone and it's their word against yours, so don't do or say anything that could be misinterpreted.

Get CCTV fitted for your sake now

Anonymous said...

Why would someone not want cameras in the cab when they are out with their friends, or at any other time, unless they were going to behave in an unacceptable way?

Would you put your daughter in a camera free cab as happily as you would one with CCTV?

These cameras are there to protect all parties and would only ever be viewed if a incident occurred, so there is every reason to have serious misgivings about the expected behaviour of anyone who doesn't want a camera in a cab; passenger or driver.

I would be happy for anyone to watch footage of people rudely shouting a destination address at me whilst on the phone, before climbing in to the back and
continuing their conversation, catching up with their emails or tweeting #in taxi. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would provide hours of the most mundane footage you could hope to watch!!