Published April 17, 2018 at 9:29
A taxi driver who allowed his children to travel in his car without booster seats has lost his appeal to keep his licence.
Basharat Hussain appealed Rossendale Council’s decision to revoke his hackney carriage licence but the appeal was dismissed by Burnley Crown Court.
Hussain, of Skipton, West Yorkshire, took his case to the Crown Court after Magistrates dismissed an appeal in September 2017.
The 41-year-old was stopped by the police in September 2015 and was subsequently convicted of driving without insurance and two offences of carrying a child without a booster seat.
He was fined £130 and received six penalty points but failed to inform the council of the motoring convictions within 14 days. They came to light during a routine check by a Licensing Officer in April 2017.
Sam Plum, Rossendale Council’s Director of Communities, said:
“The aim of the taxi and private hire licensing regime is to protect the public. The safety of passengers is paramount and the pubic need to be confident that drivers meet the high standards which are rightly required of them.
“We are pleased the court agreed that Mr Hussain is not a fit and proper person to hold a hackney carriage licence and we will continue to carry out checks on taxi and private hire drivers as appropriate.”