A taxi driver who had previously tried to pass on four speeding tickets to a friend has been denied a new licence.
Nisar Alam re-applied for his taxi driver's licence after losing it in 2012 when he was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice when he asked a friend to take four speeding tickets he had received in the space of three months, a court heard.
He was handed a two-year driving ban at the time, as well as three months' imprisonment and nine months wearing a police tag.
But when he reapplied for his licence last year, Mr Alam decided to appeal the council's decision to refuse the application.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court has backed Erewash Borough Council's decision to refuse to grant a taxi driver's licence on the grounds that he "was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence."
Mr Alam, of Clarence Road, Derby, had his application rejected by the council's Drivers Licensing Panel in September last year and his appeal against the decision was heard at Southern Derby Magistrates Court on January 5.
District Judge Jonathan Taaffe heard submissions from the council's solicitor and Mr Alam's legal representative and ruled in support of the council.
According to Erewash Borough Council, Mr Alam's conviction was taken into consideration when deciding on his reapplication, along with historic driving convictions and a caution for affray which were not disclosed when the driver previously held a licence in 2011.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council's lead member for environment, said: "We welcome the decision of the court to reject the appeal and, as such, support our decision.
"We take public safety very seriously, it is of the utmost importance - and that is precisely why this application by Mr Alam was refused."