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Dual taxi licence REVOKED after complaint driver acted aggressively towards member of public

A dual licensed taxi and private hire failed in his bid to overturn a council decision to REVOKE his licence after a complaint that he behaved aggressively towards a member of the public.

Wyre Council successfully defended the decision of its licensing committee to refuse the dual licence held Mr Jasvinder Khambay at Blackpool Magistrates on Wednesday 3 August.

Mr Khambay previously held a dual driver’s licence which was issued by Wyre Council. However, in May 2019, the licensing authority received a complaint from a member of the public.

The complaint alleged that Mr Khambay, whilst working as a taxi driver in a visibly licensed vehicle, had behaved aggressively towards them. This matter was subsequently put before the licensing committee of Wyre Council in August 2019 and they resolved to revoke his licence with immediate effect in the interests of public safety.

Mr Khambay had since reapplied for a dual driver’s licence with Wyre Council. However, his application was refused by the committee in March 2022 on grounds that they were not satisfied he was fit to hold such a licence.

Mr Khambay appealed the council’s decision to refuse the licence, but following a hearing at Blackpool Magistrates Court, the court has upheld the decision and dismissed the appeal.

The Magistrates ordered Mr Khambay to contribute £1,200 towards the council’s costs in defending the case.

Mark Billington, Corporate Director for Environment, said: “We are pleased that the court has upheld the council’s decision to refuse Mr Khambay a dual driver’s licence.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that the public travel safely with competent taxi drivers. Mr Khambay fell short of these standards.”


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