Zaman Khan Fined £400, To Loses Licence for Refusing to Take Dog in Taxi

A taxi driver in Leicester has lost his license when he refused to carry a guide dog in his car.

The driver, Zaman Khan, refused to take Martyn Richardson and his guide dog Janet in his Hyundai i40 last May. Zaman claimed that the dog licked the gear stick of the car that is why he refused to take them.

Zaman Khan Fined £400, To Loses Licence for Refusing to Take Dog in Taxi

Zaman Khan Fined £400, To Loses Licence for Refusing to Take Dog in Taxi

Mr. Richardson, of Thurnby, Leicestershire, called the city company ADT to take him with two friends and the dog, a Labrador, home after spending a night out at the White House, In Scraptoft.

Mr. Richardson told that when he got in the taxi, the driver told that he could not take the dog with him because he is scared of dogs. He said that as soon as he got in the taxi the driver started to shout “No dog, no dog”, and told him to get out of the taxi. Mr. Richardson also told that he did not want to get into trouble so he left and walked home to avoid the situation.

Khan, 29, of Bracken Waite, Rushey Mead, Leicester, pleaded not guilty to refusing



to take Mr. Richardson and his dog, at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday. This is an offence under the Equalities Act.

Khan was found guilty of the offence by the court and was ordered to pay a £400 fine and £400 towards prosecution costs. He will also have to apply to Leicester City Council’s license before driving a taxi.

Mr. Richardson, 48, has denied a claim made by khan that Janet, the dog, had licked the gear and that Khan was worried that he would not be able to apply the hand brake by triggering a sensitive button on the dashboard.

Source: DM

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