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Taxi Driver Fined For Refusing Passengers

Two MCR drivers forced to pay hefty fees after breaking licensing rules

Written by . Published on July 8th 2014.

Taxi Driver Fined For Refusing Passengers

TWO Manchester black cab drivers have been ordered to pay a total of nearly £2,000 after being prosecuted for breaking licensing rules.

The charges relate to one driver, who refused to pick up passengers, and another, who was caught operating without a licence or insurance.

"We take these matters incredibly seriously and we do prosecute drivers who don’t play by the rules."

Local driver, Tariq Ahmad, 46, was fined £807.50 after pleading guilty to refusing to pick up a married couple from Manchester Airport in September. He could now be suspended, or even suffer a revoked licence.

The couple complained to Manchester City Council after Ahmad, who was waiting at the front of the taxi rank outside Terminal Three, claimed he wasn’t insured to drive back to their home in Hale via a series of back roads.

Another driver, Toussaint Badia, 46, of The Links in Moston, was fined £950 after pleading guilty to driving without a taxi licence or insurance.
City Council licensing officers stopped Badia during a routine operation outside Piccadilly Station last September and found he was unable to produce valid ID. 

He was handed six penalty points on his driving licence, which when added to existing points means he is now disqualified from driving.

Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “These two cases should demonstrate to both passengers and members of the trade that we take these matters incredibly seriously and we do prosecute drivers who don’t play by the rules.

“Anyone who thinks a taxi driver has refused to pick them up should contact us and we will investigate their case. Drivers who pick up passengers without a licence are operating without any regard for their customers’ safety as their journeys are not insured, and we do not tolerate this.”
Anyone else who wishes to complain about a Manchester licensed taxi driver should visit www.manchester.gov.uk/taxilicensing

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Wayne CaseyJuly 8th 2014.

Toussaint Badia, 46, of The Links in Moston.......couldn't be the same chap surely? www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/…/taxi-driver-who-pretended-to-be-a-woman-867389…

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Stephen HarwoodJuly 8th 2014.

Yes it looks like the same guy! 6 points/a driving ban is a little too lenient - he'll be back out next week doing it all over again..prison time for perverting the course of justice didn't stop him from driving without a taxi license so no driving license isn't going to do anything.

David OJuly 8th 2014.

Good to hear, what about black cabs who want paying up front for pickups in the city centre after midnight .

JimJuly 8th 2014.

I used to live in Hale Barnes and it annoyed me greatly when Taxi companies refused to drive me home from the airport. I know its because they have been waiting for a while and want a big fare but its not my fault I lived quite close! I did not realise you could complain to the council about this!

AnonymousJuly 8th 2014.

What's with all these minicabs (usually South Manchester ones) with "Rossendale Council" hackney plates? Manchester taxis are a joke; in Leeds and Brighton they have to be a bold colour so to stand out, and drivers have to take a knowledge test of the City. I've lost count the amount of times a cab driver can barely muster a word of English, never mind find Cheadle Royal.

AnonymousJuly 8th 2014.

A few years ago my flight was delayed and I reluctantly got a black cab home from the airport in the early hours of the morning. He got a flat tyre on the motorway and I tried to help him put his spare on. It started raining and it turned out he didn't have the correct wheel brace. After nearly an hour, he phoned for another cab for me, which was odd because he'd shoo'd one away that had stopped. Eventually his mate/cousin's cab turned up and took me home. I assumed I'd pay for what was on the clock, but he asked for another £20 for his mate with the flat tyre. If I'd have been on my own I'd have been happy enough waiting a few hours for the trains to start running. I can't stand cab drivers. They're an odd lot.

Lee SeagerJuly 8th 2014.

Are manchester now going to revoke the cabs license plate,the owner of the plate should be punished as well by revoking the said plate if not why not.

PaulJuly 8th 2014.

Another reason to use Uber Taxi. If anyone wants to use this code when they sign up you will get £10 free credit. Free taxi!!! Hell Yeah!! 'yszfw'

Peter SimkinsJuly 8th 2014.

What about the black cabs that collect near Old Trafford after a United match ? Quite a few demand a fixed fare of £12-£15 to go to Piccadilly Station (on the meter the fare should be less than £10). I've even heard a mini-cab driver receive £25 for the same journey. This all gives the City a poor impression to visitors.

Lee SeagerJuly 8th 2014.

Ive been driving private hire and blackcab for 15 yrs,3 weeks ago i joined uber ,this firm is a breath of fresh air , its such an honest firm and the drivers are not in it to rip you off,if you use uber you won't go back to any other taxi service try it you'll be amazed at the service and savings

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JimJuly 8th 2014.

Agreed. Used uber last weekend and it was a fantastic experience. I would call it a game changer in taxis for Manchester.

Christopher JonesJuly 8th 2014.

Also used Uber for the first time last weekend - Superb.

AnonymousJuly 9th 2014.

Good to many taxi drivers take the piss in town after midnight wanting £25 up front for a £18 fare then if you question it, they tell you to get out.

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