On Thursday (August 25th) at Highbury Magistrates Court, Uber driver Mohammed Dalim was found guilty by District Judge Nicholas Rimmer of One count of assault by beating.
Dalim was fined £680 Court costs and £200 compensation to Jon Cox, the Taxi driver Dalim he punched in the back of the head knocking him to the ground, at Kings Cross on 23rd March, this year.
Dalim was given a one year suspended sentence and also ordered to serve 150 unpaid hours of work by 27 August 2017.
It's been noticed that Mohammed Dalim is still recorded on the TfL Private Hire Licence Checker under the licence 188162.
Taxi Leaks editor Jim Thomas (using his own and Taxi Leaks Twitter accounts) decided to ask @TfLTPH, if this was an oversight or even if Dalim had allowed to retained his PH licence after the criminal conviction of assault on a London licensed Taxi Driver.
An easy enough question you would think!
TfLTPH ignored the question, so Jim asked again, and again and again.
He even addressed the question directly to General Manager Helen Chapman.
As of today, Jim has asked (the same question) 62 times. Each time, Jim's questions have been ignored, by Helen Chapman and staff at TfLTPH.
Questions now need answering are:
Why have Jim's question been ignored?
What are TfL trying to hide?
Are TfL too scared of Uber, to revoke one of their driver licence?
What makes Mr Dalim's case different from any other criminal assault case?
Would TfL have threaded the Taxi driver in the same way had the assault happened in reverse?
The most important question of all:
By their action (or indeed inaction), have TfL given Private Hire drivers the green light to assault licensed Taxi drivers in any confrontation?
This must be looked at by our representative orgs.
This case in line with the recent exposure of the dangers associated with the fitment of PEDs in all taxis , calls into question TfLs fitness to be a licensing authority.