A stubborn private hire driver who refused to pick up a blind man and his guide dog from a pub – despite being ordered to by his bosses – has now lost his licence. Private hire driver Mohammed Saghir, 59, refused to take Mark Whittle, his assistance dog Archer, and wife Catherine home – driving off before they could get in. He had arrived at the pub near Trent Bridge, Nottingham, after the couple had taken part in the Great Notts Bike Ride on June 24 last year.
Saghir pleaded guilty to failing to pick up a customer and accept a fare at Derby Justice Centre in December, and has now lost his licence after a review was conducted by Nottingham City Council. An investigation was launched after Mark rang the council to complain – resulting in Saghir being fined £210 with a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £236.17.
Mark said: ‘I was really angry about what happened. We’d gone outside and it was only when a member of the public approached to ask if we were waiting for a taxi – and told us it was driving away – that we realised the driver had left. ‘I called the cab firm and they got the driver on the phone but despite them saying to him that he had to take us, he was adamant that he wouldn’t have the dog in his car. ‘I’m sorry that he’s lost his licence because that’s his livelihood, but he’s only got himself to blame.
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