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Taxi driver fined for refusing to take guide dog

Published on Thursday, April 26, 2018

A TAXI driver who claimed to be asthmatic in order to avoid taking a passenger with a guide dog has been prosecuted.


Driver Mohammed Jauffer, who works for Everest Taxis in Loughborough Road, Leicester, was booked to take passenger Haseeb Ahmad from the Brew Dog pub in Berridge Street/Friar Lane in the city centre, to the Flamingo Bar on Loughborough Road, on September 15 last year.


Leicester Magistrates Court heard how upon arriving to collect Mr Ahmad, Jauffer, aged 36, of Stockton Road, Northfields, refused to take Mr Ahmad’s guide dog, claiming he was asthmatic.


When Mr Ahmad asked the driver if he had the necessary medical exemption certificate, Jauffer apologised for not having one and said he was allergic to dogs.


Jauffer pleaded guilty to the offence before Leicester Magistrates, who fined him £500, with £500 costs, and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to Mr Ahmad.


Jauffer will now be referred to the city council’s Licensing Enforcement Sub-Committee who will assess whether he is entitled to keep his Hackney Carriage and private hire vehicle driver’s licence.


Refusing to take a guide dog is an offence under the Equality Act 2010.