A TAXI driver who failed to tell licensing chiefs of a previous conviction has been suspended from working.
The man was caught speeding in April of last year but failed to tell Bolton Council until 46 days after he was required to.
A meeting of the Licensing Committee held at Bolton Town Hall last week heard that the driver had previously been warned after failing to reveal similar offences in 2017.
It also came to light during the course of the meeting that he had attended a speed awareness course in 2018.
He had not been carrying any passengers at the time of the offence but the committee judged he was not "fit and proper" and gave him a two-week suspension.
Explaining the decision, the council's minutes said: "Drivers have a duty to adhere to speeding limits at all times and exceeding them can be a real danger to the public.
"Drivers have a duty to declare convictions in accordance with the conditions of their licence.
"There is therefore reasonable cause to suspend the licence as a warning and a deterrent."
At the same meeting a second driver was issues with a warning letter for similar offences.
The hearing was not held in public, meaning the name of the driver was not revealed, however minutes from the hearing have since been made available.
A racist woman tried to stab a taxi driver after hurling abuse at him.
Nicole O'Conner flew into a rage shortly after Mandeep Singh was told he was "getting done" last September.
The 24-year-old lunged at the cabbie with a blade before using the weapon to repeatedly strike his Toyota Auris car.
Mr Singh - who worked for Glasgow Private Hire - luckily escaped unhurt.
O'Conner now faces a jail-term after she admitted to the racially aggravated assault and stealing the taxi driver's mobile phone.
She was remanded in custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court pending sentencing next month.
Mr Singh, 40, had been taking O'Conner and others to her home in the city's Possilpark.
Prosecutor Mark Allan said the atmosphere in the car suddenly "changed".
Mr Allan went on: "Mr Singh was told he was getting done by O’Conner and that he was getting stabbed.
"He was called 'a p*** b*****d' as other things were being said to him."
Raging O’Conner grabbed the cabbie's phone before initially going to her home.
As Mr Singh contacted his firm, O'Conner then emerged clutching a blade.
Mr Allan added: "She walked towards Mr Singh and attempted to strike him with the knife.
"She then struck the body work of the car, rear window and tyres before returning to the property."
Police soon arrived and found O'Conner at her home.
As officers tried to take her away, O'Conner then kicked out at PC Ross Mckinlay hitting him on the head.
She also pled guilty to the assault on PC Mckinlay today.
Sheriff Paul Crozier deferred sentencing for reports.
A racist yob has avoided an immediate prison sentence after he punched a taxi driver while trying to flee without paying a fare.
Drunk Anthony Peacock became abusive and lashed out at the cabbie before telling him to "f**k off, you p**** b*****d" when he was dropped off at a McDonald's in South Tyneside.
The 40-year-old, who has no memory of the shocking incident, had tried to run from the taxi without paying the £25.60 fair but was followed by the victim.
Instead of coughing-up the cash, Peacock instantly became abusive and punched the cabbie to the left side of his head, prosecutors said.
But the abuse didn't end there as the brave victim grabbed hold of Peacock, only to be given more abuse, this time with the racist slur.
The police attended after being called by staff at McDonald's and the taxi driver himself and the drunk lout was arrested.
Peacock, formerly of Stoker Avenue, South Shields but now living in Loch Aline, in the Scottish Highlands, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence, assault by beating and making-off without paying at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.
And, he was told by District Judge Kate Meek that he came extremely close to being sent to prison immediately.
Giving him a 20-week jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, the judge said: "There's no doubt about it in my mind, this combination of offences are so serious, it has to be a prison sentence.
"It's a sustained incident on a person working in the early hours of the morning and you're so drunk, you don't know what you're doing to a relatively isolated person.
"So far as the offences are concerned, there really is no mitigation."
The court was told that former Navy reserve Peacock had been out with friends in Newcastle city centre on September 26 last year when he got into a taxi to take him back to South Shields at around 4.20am.
Jeff Taylor, prosecuting, said Peacock was taken to McDonald's, on the Simonside Industrial Estate, and got out but, instead of paying, began to walk away.
Mr Taylor added: "The taxi driver pursued him and asked him to pay the fare. He said "Go back to your taxi or I will knock you out". The defendant then did punch the taxi driver to the left side of his head.
"The taxi driver hung on to the defendant and called out to staff in McDonald's to call the police. The defendant said 'Once you let go, I'm going to kill you'."
The court heard that the cabbie tried to ring the police himself and Peacock managed to escape, which was when he shouted "f**k off you p**** b*****d".
In a statement read to the court, the victim said: "I feel like I didn't deserve to have racist abuse aimed at me and it makes me feel uncomfortable.
"I have heard this term used towards me on many occasions but it still affects me upon hearing it."
Philippa Bell, defending, said Peacock remembered nothing of the night but had made significant progress in his life since he was jailed for a previous offence in 2015.
She added: "He's made efforts since his release from prison to abstain from offending. He moved to the Highlands and was only back in the North East for a hospital consultant appointment.
"He had then been out in Newcastle and had far too much to drink. His friends put him in a taxi and he thought it was an Uber, so he didn't need to pay as he had an account."
As well as the suspended sentence, Peacock was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £400 compensation to the victim.
The Local Government Ombudsman has told MK Council to audit the declarations of those who have not lived in the UK for at least 20 years or have spent long periods abroad.
Such individuals are not able to get DBS criminal record checks so the law says they must get a statutory declaration. It must be witnessed by a solicitor, magistrate, commissioner or notary.
The Local Government Ombudsman has told MK Council that: “Where it cannot determine that the witness meets the criteria, it should take urgent action to secure the correct statutory declaration for each badge holder.”
Fault emerged after a Milton Keynes dad complained that the council had changed his autistic son’s home-to-school arrangements in 2018 without consulting the family.
The boy has to travel around seven miles to and from a special school in the city. For three years he had travelled alone in a taxi after being unable to cope in shared transport.
But MK council changed the arrangement to put him in a taxi with other children. They said they had held meetings but the father claimed they had not taken place, and the council had been unable to prove it, the Ombudsman said.
It council had also failed to keep a record of a series of meetings, the LGO said in a ruling announced this week. The identity of the father, Mr X, and his son “Y” have not been revealed.
The autistic boy could not cope with being in a taxi with others, and had been injuring himself – including crying and banging his head, the Ombudsman heard.
“The council failed to carry out a satisfactory assessment of the possible impact on Y of any changes to his transport before it made the changes,” said the Ombudsman. The LGO also said the council had failed to give Mr X the chance to appeal.
Now , the council has also been ordered carry out a fresh assessment of Y’s needs and make payments to Mr X and his son.
The council has also been told to pay £475 to Y to recognise the impact on him of the change in transport between September 2018 and February 2019. They must also pay £250 to Mr X for his time and trouble pursuing the complaint and £67.50 per week from February 2019 to recognise the expense incurred in providing transport to school for Y.
“Payments will continue until there is agreement about future transport arrangements for Y or the appeal process has ended,” the Ombudsman added. Mr X will also receive £50 for every week from April 9, 2019 to “recognise the undue pressure caused by the council’s refusal to allow Y back on the school transport.”
The council was invited to comment further but no response was provided by 3pm on Friday (Jan 16).
A GLASGOW taxi driver has been suspended for a second time after turning off his meter during a Summer Sessions fare.
Dharmindar Singh, who has a history of overcharging customers, drove a couple from Central Station to Bellahouston Park last August - telling them it would cost them a fixed price of £25.
He insisted the ride would be more expensive if he let the meter run, and refused to switch it back on when they asked.
On arrival, Singh locked the doors and refused to let them out until he had been paid.
But, as reported by the Glasgow Times the couple complained to the council's enforcement officers that they had been taken advantage of because they were not from the area.
Singh wrote a letter in response, claiming some confusion had led him to take the couple to Braehead Arena before realising it was a mistake
He claimed that he had not charged the couple extra for his mistake and drove them to their desired location.
Members of the licensing committee raised concerns that there had been no mention of Braehead in the original complaint at their meeting on Thursday and that there was no way to confirm Mr Singh’s version of events.
Councillor Alex Wilson said: “The two areas sound nothing alike.
"Most taxi drivers will know about the Summer Sessions that happen in the Southside of Glasgow in August every year.
“My main concern is that the driver turned off his meter. This should never happen.”
It was then pointed out that Mr Singh had previously had his licence suspended for three months for overcrowding in his vehicle and overcharging.
Following the discussion, members agreed to suspend the licence for four months.
We told last month how a Glasgow cabbie was permanently scarred after being assaulted by two men over a £20 fare.
Savid Javed was stabbed by Gordon McPherson, 21, and repeatedly punched by Dylan Sullivan, 20, outside their house in August this year.
Mr Javed was pounced upon after requesting his fare up front in the early hours of the morning.
McPherson and Sullivan pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault on Mr Javed.
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