Good news today for another Cabby, again unfairly harassed over touching a mobile phone while being in control of a licensed Taxi (this time with engine running and waiting at a set of traffic lights with hand brake on).
I was approached last night by a driver who doesn't want to give his name, who told me that he had to go to court, as while he was stationary at a set of traffic lights, a passing cyclist with a helmet camera had made a digital recording of the driver holding a mobile phone.
The cyclist passed the footage on to the police and a summon's was duly issued. The drivers refused a fixed penalty and opted to go to court.
In court he gave evidence that the passenger had found a phone on the back seat and asked the driver to take it into the front. The driver said he told the passenger to hold onto the phone (as they were moving at this time) until he was stationary and could put the hand brake on.
The driver also produced a recite from his local police station where he had handed in the property. Dates of the alleged offence and the police recite matched.
The court found that the driver had acted responsibly, that no offence had indeed taken place and the charge was dismissed. The driver has also been awarded costs.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Don't panic, loads of social media users thought they had been thrown off platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Many couldn't sign in and this already signed in couldn't make posts or post comments within groups.
Facebook sent out an email this morning explaining that they had isolated a bug in the system and that everything should be up and running properly today.