A Sandwell dual hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence holder has had his badge revoked for driving along a pavement to bypass a traffic jam.
The unnamed man, only known as Mr S D in the council meeting minutes, cited the reason for the offence was down to customer demand for a timely attendance, business pressures as well as family pressures.
Mr S D was seen by a licensing enforcement officer mounting the pavement to avoid traffic which was waiting at temporary traffic lights.
He was seen travelling along the footpath and stopping outside a Public House, where he then exited the vehicle and walked towards the Public House.
Checks were made on the vehicle and along with a driver description given by the officer, Mr S D was tracked down and brought before the licensing committee.
Further checks revealed that he was no longer working for the base that was attached to his licence and had moved months earlier without informing the licensing authority.
The Sub Committee took advice from its legal advisor before adjourning to make a decision on Mr S D's licence.
Having considered all the information before them, the Sub Committee was minded to revoke the Dual Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence in respect of Mr SD.
The Sub Committee considered that Mr S D was not fit and proper to hold a licence in Sandwell.
They stated that it was unacceptable for a professional driver to mount and drive on the pavement under any circumstances.
Although Mr S D may have had a number of distractions, including business and family pressures, he should not have been persuaded by the demands of customers if it meant disregarding safety.
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