A taxi driver has been sacked and ordered to pay £1,000 after he left two women at the side of the road.
Romaios Papps, 33, refused to take Mel Griffiths and Corie Stanfield despite his boss saying he could not refuse the fare.
Mrs Griffiths had ordered the taxi along with her husband Gavin and Ms Stansfield.
The Metro reports that Prosecutor Hannah Cash told the court: “The driver asked whether the dogs were travelling. The passengers confirmed they were, and that they were guide dogs. He said he did not take dogs, and the passengers advised him that it was illegal to refuse.
“They asked if he had an exemption certificate, which can be granted to drivers who are allergic to dogs. He told them he did not need one.”
Pappas, from Birmingham, was found guilty in his absence and was ordered to pay £1,011 in fines and costs at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
When questioned by council staff, Pappas said he had never picked up dogs before so had to contact his company.
“He said there was tension with the passengers and decided to leave and that he was scared of dogs coming into his car,” said Mrs Cash.
“He said that when the company explained the situation he offered the passengers a free journey in the future but they did not take him up on the offer.
He said he was not told he would be carrying guide dogs so he was not prepared. Trent Cars kept telling him he must take the passengers and their assistance dogs but he said he could not fit them all in because his car was too small.”
Chairman of the bench Graham Roseblade said: ‘We take a serious view of this matter. We are satisfied Trent Cars tried to persuade Mr Pappas to take this particular passenger and other passengers at the time. Despite their persistent attempts, Mr Pappas refused to do so.”
Mel Griffiths said: “Some drivers don’t know it’s the law and these things should not go unchallenged. If people let them get away with it, then they will. This is more prevalent than people think and should always be reported. I hate using taxis for this very reason.”
Trent Cars no longer employs Mr Pappas.