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REVOKED: Private hire driver loses appeal after allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Updated: Jul 11

A Luton private hire vehicle driver has failed in his bid to overturn Luton Council’s decision to revoke his licence.

Mr Achadur Rahman appealed the revocation, which was initially issued in May 2023 due to allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female passenger.

The appeal was heard at Luton Magistrates' Court on 21 June 2024. The court dismissed the appeal, ruling in favour of Luton Council and awarding them costs totalling £1,612.90.

The court in Luton was completely satisfied on hearing the evidence from the council that the former licensed driver was not a fit and proper person to hold the licence. The court decided the council was correct in their decision to immediately revoke the licence in the interests of the protection of public safety, and therefore dismissed the appeal.

Luton Council maintains a strict policy to ensure that all licensed drivers are suitable and that public safety remains their primary responsibility.

Councillor Maria Lovell, portfolio holder responsible for community safety at Luton Council, said: “We have a duty to ensure public safety and confidence in our licenced drivers. If we believe a licensed driver is failing, we will not hesitate to take action and in this case it meant revoking his licence.

“We are pleased that the court agreed with our decision and that members of the public continue to be assured of their safety when using drivers holding a licence issued by the council.”


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