A cabbie who held a cab licence with Gedling Borough Council has lost his licence after being caught speeding. Travelling at 104mph and 98mph on Christmas Day, he broke the maximum motorway speed limit of 70mph. Mohammed Arshad, of Aspley, accumulated a total of 11 points on his driving licence after admitting to both offences.
A magistrates allowed Arshad to keep his driving licence but once hearing of the repeat offence, Gedling Borough Council decided it was enough to warrant the revocation of his cab licence. As reported by the Nottingham Post, the licensing committee told him they planned to withdraw permission for him to work as a taxi driver, but suspended the ban to allow him to lodge an appeal before city magistrates. Arshad has lost the case and was subsequently ordered to pay £540 costs of the council. Arshad, 54, told the court that the speeding tickets were issued after he was driving back home when he had just taken his son back to university.
Arshad, who was helped by an Urdu interpreter, said: "The road was clear. There were no drivers and I accelerated to get home.
"There were two cameras in a short distance and in a few minutes. I realise I made a mistake. I have never had an accident or done anything like this before."
He went on to add that if he doesn't get his badge back then the future will bring hardship.
But Leanne Splaine, of Gedling Council, told the court that the over-riding principal and main reason for revoking his licence was "Public interest, public safety and public protection." She added: "Due to the offences and the speed, we felt his licence should be revoked." Presiding magistrate Patricia Walsh, who was the presiding magistrate, along with two other colleagues, told Arshad: "We find that Gedling Borough Council policy is clear and takes account of case law. "Whilst we recognise you will lose your income, we agree there are no exceptional circumstances that would result in Gedling Borough Council departing from that policy."
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