Taxi driver fails in bid to win back licence


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A TAXI driver whose licence was revoked after he was convicted of plying for hire and associated insurance offences has lost a second appeal.

Arshad Mahmud had his Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) Private Hire/Hackney driver’s licence revoked by the local authority in May last year following his conviction.

He appealed against the decision at West Cheshire Magistrates Court in Chester last August, where the decision of the council was upheld.

Mahmud, 51, of Premier Street, Manchester, appealed for a second time at Chester Crown Court but his appeal was also rejected.

Judge Roger Dutton ruled Mahmud would have had training and the council took the rules seriously and, as protectors of the public, was right to do so.

The judge said Mahmud had disqualified himself as fit and proper from the way he had conducted himself and so lost the privilege of having a licence.

Cllr Lynn Riley, CWaC executive member for localities, said after the hearing: “The council takes its role in protecting the public through the licensing regime very seriously.

“We are pleased that the judge agreed with the decision of the licensing committee and the magistrates.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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