Public outcry over treatment of assault victim forces Glasgow City Council to reverse suspension
A Glasgow cabbie who had his licence suspended for hitting a woman after she had attacked both him and his taxi has won the first part of his appeal.
Kenny Clark, a taxi driver with over 30 year’s experience, had his licence reinstated by Glasgow City Council after receiving massive support from the local community.
Mr Clark's nightmare began after he picked up a woman from Glasgow Central Station. An altercation ensued en-route which resulted in the cabbie and his vehicle being attacked by her.
He was kicked, punched and slapped more than 20 times before punching the woman in 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 his licence. A petition was subsequently launched to try to get Glasgow City Council to reverse the suspension and reinstate his licence. The petition received massive support from the local community, there was also widespread condemnation of Glasgow City Council's decision to suspend Mr Clark's licence, with Jade McGill, founder of the petition, saying: "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!" However according to Stef Shaw, via the Glasgow Cabbie Facebook page, Mr Clark has won the licence back.
Stef said on Facebook: "Thousands of you have signed our Kenny Clark petition, set up by lovely ‘Think Again’ supporter, Jade McGill.
"We have the brilliant news that an urgent case was called at court and Kenny Clark’s Lawyer fought to have the Glasgow Taxi Driver’s Taxi Licence returned to him without any further delay! "Kenny called me and was quite emotional as he heads into Glasgow City Chambers to collect his badge which he has had for over 30 years!" Stef went on to say: "Kenny wanted me to thank everyone who has signed our petition and supported him in this assault case which will now go to court later this year. "Kenny has won the first part of his 6 month suspension appeal and Jade McGill and I would like to thank all who supported Kenny Clark’s petition."
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