The Glasgow Times reports that two passengers travelling in a Glasgow PHV had a lucky escape when their driver lost control of the vehicle which then overturned onto its roof.
Mohamed Hassan Abdalaa lost his council licence this week for the incident which saw his car veer across Greenfield Road and crash into another car before turning upside down.
As a result of the incident, which occurred in November 2018, he was fined £360 and issued seven penalty points on his licence. The issue has now been brought before the licensing committee where members were told by Police Scotland that the vehicle’s came to a halt ten metres down the street and the roof was compressed.
Two female passengers were trapped inside the vehicle and once freed they were talken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where they were treated for cuts and bruises.
Speaking on Abdalaa’s behalf, representative David Mitchell, said: “Throughout the course of the journey the passengers said he was attentive and followed their directions. They only sustained minor injuries and my client passed the breathalyser test.
The vehicle was examined and had no defects. Mr Abdalaa has been a taxi driver for six years now - three years for East Dunbartonshire Council and three years with Glasgow City Council and has no convictions during that period and has never been disciplined by either council.
“At 49-years of age, with no other work experience, he would find it extremely difficult to get another job especially during these times of austerity. He has been working through the pandemic, assisting local members of the community.
“It is unfortunate that he can’t remember much about this incident. There was no speeding involved, he was engaging with the taxi fares and for an unexplained reason hit another car. Everything seemed normal, perhaps it was a lapse in concentration. It would appear to be a one-off incident.”
Members were not convinced at Abdalaa’s driving abilities.
Chairman John Kane said: “You are telling us that Mr Abdalaa is a safe and proper person to be driving passengers around Glasgow but you haven’t attempted to explain in any way how two passengers ended up in hospital.”
The application to renew his licence was refused.