Petition launched against Glasgow taxi driver's suspension after defending himself from attack

A Glasgow cabbie who had his licence suspended for hitting a woman after she had attacked both him and his taxi has received massive support from the local community.

Kenny Clark, a taxi driver with over 30 years service under his belt, picked up the woman from Glasgow Central Station. An altercation ensued en-route which resulted in the cabbie and his vehicle being attacked by the woman. 

He was kicked, punched and slapped by the woman over 20 times before punching the woman in what was claimed as self-defence.

Despite Police Scotland taking no action against Mr Clark, and his alleged attacker being arrested and charged by police, Glasgow City Council suspended the cabbie’s licence. A petition has subsequently been launched to try to get Glasgow City Council to reverse the suspension and reinstate Mr Clark's licence. The petition has received widespread support with nearly 2500 signatures in just a couple of days. There has been some anger at Glasgow City Council's decision to suspend the cabbie’s licence, with Michelle Buskie saying on the petition's comment section: "This man has lost his livelihood for 6 months after being assaulted at his work! Disgusting, yes he reacted but he was being assaulted repeatedly, I've seen politicians react after being hit with eggs and not face disciplinary action. Reinstate his licence!" Steven Keenan·said: "To take away a persons livelihood for 6 months after such provocation beggars belief. I think the guy was extremely restrained and should be commended for his actions, not condemned." The founder of the petition, who is only known as JM said: "I'm doing this petition to raise public awareness that this is not acceptable why should he get assaulted at work and have his licence revoked for defending himself!" It is hoped that the petition will raise 10000 signatures and help reverse the decision.

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