Doncaster taxi driver loses licence for perverting course of justice
A Doncaster taxi driver has lost his licence after he paid another man to take his penalty points for driving his cab through a red light, just 10 weeks after entering the profession.
Ahmed Hussain of Elmfield Road, Hyde Park was convicted of perverting the course of justice after driving his taxi through a red light within just 10 weeks of obtaining his taxi licence.
Hussain was convicted after he was found to have paid another man Â£250 to take his penalty points.
As a result of his conviction, Doncaster Council took the decision to revoke his hackney carriage and private hire driver licence last year.
Hussain, aged 41, appealed the council's decision at a licensing appeal at Sheffield Crown Court last month, which was not upheld.
Judge HHJ Moore, branded the conviction “very serious” and remarked that Mr Hussain had been fortunate not to have been sent straight to prison instead of receiving the suspended sentence that was handed down. HHJ Moore awarded Doncaster Council Â£300 in costs.
Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment, said: "Most of our drivers are law abiding citizens who provide a great service to passengers in Doncaster. The licensing system is here to keep people safe from unscrupulous would-be drivers and I am pleased to see the courts backing our decisions once again."