Weston taxi driver loses licence after refusing to drive two visually impaired people

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 September 2018

Syed Al Miah was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates Court.

Syed Al Miah was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates Court.

Archant

A Weston-super-Mare taxi driver who refused to transport two visually impaired people and their guide dogs has lost a court appeal against having his licence revoked.

Syed Al Miah, of Birchwood Avenue, was also ordered to pay costs of £5,000 after East Devon District Council successfully defended the appeal.

Miah had not operated as a taxi driver in East Devon at any point since obtaining his licence from its district council in 2016 and instead worked in North Somerset.

East Devon District Council received a complaint about Miah from two visually impaired people who said he refused to transport them and their guide dogs after they had requested to be taken from a hotel to a train station in North Somerset in December 2017.

Exeter Magistrates Court heard on August 29 when Miah arrived at the hotel, he informed staff and the customers he would not take the dogs and drove away.

The district council’s licensing committee revoked Miah’s licence as they felt he was no longer considered a fit and proper person to hold it.

During the legal process Miah changed his story on several occasions. At interview he said he was scared of the dogs, at the licensing hearing he stated for safety reasons he believed his taxi was not big enough, and at the court appeal hearing he claimed when arriving at the hotel he was not sure if he had attended the correct job.

Councils have legal powers to suspend or revoke the licence of a taxi drivers.

And taxi drivers have a legal duty to carry assistance dogs, ensuring they do not discriminate against any person because of disability.

The court ruled in favour of the council’s decision to take Miah’s licence away.

Cllr Steve Hall, chairman of the district council’s licensing sub-committee, said: “The council recognises the serious nature of these allegations and the impact upon those individuals being refused transport.

“We will not hesitate to defend further appeals of this nature.”

More from Weston Mercury

07:59

A former police traffic depot, independent retail quarters, industrial estates and a rugby ground are among sites being eyed for developments, which could see around 800 homes built in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more

A dementia specialist nurse has been employed at Weston General Hospital.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

Motorists are facing long delays on the M5 this evening (Sunday) after a crash involving several vehicles.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Villagers in Wedmore have been raising money to twin their toilets and help thousands of people living in poverty around the world.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A school paper which was set up in tribute of Jill Dando has published its first edition.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A cruise ship made a rare appearance off the coast of Weston-super-Mare, when it docked at Steep Holm island.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

An art exhibition dedicated to anti-bullying will take place in Weston-super-Mare later this year.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

An open day in Worle gave people the chance to have their say on what they would like to see happen and improved where they live.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A kingfisher which suffered a nasty head trauma is set to return to the wild after being treated at a rescue charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

The war memorial in Worle has been refurbished in time for the commemoration of World War One in November.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 6°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists