Decision to revoke Cambridge taxi driver's licence upheld by magistrates

News release from 08/11/2018

A DECISION by the Cambridge City Council licensing authority to revoke the licence of a Cambridge taxi driver was upheld by magistrates.

 

Nurul Jamal Uddin had been under police investigation for a number of allegations of sexual offences when he came to renew his taxi licence in May 2018.

It was then decided by the authority that his licence should be revoked with immediate effect.

Mr Uddin appealed against this decision at a hearing before Cambridge Magistrates on Wednesday 31 October, but magistrates upheld the council’s decision.

Magistrates had to decide whether Mr Uddin was a ‘fit and proper person’ to be licensed by the council following the disclosure of complaints made to police.

The law requires licensing authorities to be satisfied that any licence holder is a ‘fit and proper’ person. ‘Fit and proper’ refers not only to physical fitness but also to other aspects of a driver’s conduct and behaviour.

Cllr Gerri Bird, Chair of Cambridge City Council’s Licensing Committee, said: “I am pleased that the magistrates’ court upheld our decision that Nurul Jamal Uddin was not a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a taxi licence. Cambridge City Council takes such matters very seriously.”

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