Wakefield Council welcomes decision by court to dismiss driver’s appeal

Wakefield Council has welcomed a decision by magistrates to dismiss a taxi driver’s appeal against his licence being taken away.

Mr Suhail Khan, aged 29, of St Marks Street, Wakefield, had his Hackney Carriage Licence revoked in September 2021, by Wakefield Council on the grounds of public safety following allegations about his conduct towards a female passenger in the vehicle on 13 August 2020.

He appealed against the decision on Tuesday 14 April 2021, at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, where magistrates dismissed his appeal.

The magistrates accepted the evidence provided by the female passenger and concluded that the Council were right to revoke the licence with immediate effect. The Magistrates awarded costs to the Council of £3600.

Welcoming the decision, Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “I welcome this decision as the safety and wellbeing of all passengers using licensed private hire vehicles is of paramount importance.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

“This decision sends a clear message out that we will thoroughly investigate complaints, and take the necessary actions, including taking action to revoke a licence, if a drivers’ conduct falls below expected standards  and we are prepared to defend our decision in Court.”