Cabbie loses license appeal over allegations he was inappropriate towards women

AVDC offices, The Gateway, Aylesbury
AVDC offices, The Gateway, Aylesbury

A private hire driver has lost an appeal to keep his licence after allegations that he behaved inappropriately towards women.

Aylesbury Vale District Council took away Azkar Ahmad’s private hire licence last year after three allegations were made.

Ahmad of Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, appealed the decision at Milton Keynes’ Magistrates’ Court but it was rejected.

The court ruled that Ahmad was not a fit and proper person to hold a private hire driver’s licence. He was ordered to pay £1,840 towards the district council’s costs.

AVDC Licensing Services Manager, Peter Seal, welcomed the decision and said it reaffirmed the authority’s commitment to maintaining high standards among taxi and private hire drivers.

He said: “Following three separate, unconnected allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by a licensed driver, a person in a position of trust, a decision to revoke in the interests of public safety was taken. I welcome the result of this case and the confirmation that our decision to revoke the licence was the right one.

“Once licensed, a driver is given access to the public, some of whom are vulnerable due to their age, sex or temporarily impaired as a result of consuming alcohol. We need to take all necessary steps to ensure licensed drivers are fit and proper for the role and act in the best interest of the public.

“This result gives a clear message to all Hackney and private hire drivers that public safety is our utmost priority and the council licensing team will do everything in our power to protect both drivers and passengers at all times.”