Released on 15 March 2018 Archived Press Release
A Stratford-on-Avon District taxi driver has lost an appeal against having his dual driver's Licence suspended.
Mr Rakesh Singh of Betjeman Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, was appealing against Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Licensing Panel's decision to suspend his dual driver's licence for a period of three months.
The decision to suspend Mr Singh's license had been made on the basis of his fitness and propriety to hold the licence. The Licensing Panel considered breaches of licence conditions including the use of a home-produced driver's badge, incomplete operator records, incorrect display of a licensed vehicle badge and obstruction of the Council's officers carrying out their duties, which were referred to in evidence in court.
In giving their decision, the justices commented that 'the public must have trust in taxi drivers and that the Council had made the correct decision.'
The justices concluded that 'the District Council had acted appropriately and that the period of suspension was not excessive.'
Mr Singh was also ordered to pay the District Council's costs of £3,655.
Mr Singh has 21 days to appeal the decision.
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