Shammus Mohammed Afzal admitted breaching the Equality Act when he appeared before magistrates.
The court heard the 26-year-old had been called to pick-up a partially-sighted woman from Helen & Douglas House Hospice charity shop in Magdalen Road on June 17.
But when he arrived he refused to let the dog into his taxi with its owner because he claimed it was “dirty” .And the punishment? Pretty pathetic. As always.
Afzal, of Clive Road, Cowley, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he was fined £500 – reduced from £1,000 because of his guilty plea.He couldn’t very well deny it, could he?
He was also ordered to pay £300 court costs and £100 compensation.That’s, what, a week’s work for a cabbie?
Vale legal democratic services leader councillor Sandy Lovatt branded Afzal’s excuse of the dog being dirty as “lame” and said he had a legal duty to pick up the animal and its owner.
He added: “The law is very clear. If someone requires a guide dog then it must be allowed to travel with them unless they have an exemption.
“In this case the driver made some fairly lame excuses. However, as pointed out by the magistrate, even if the dog had been dirty he would have still had a legal requirement to allow it in his vehicle and he should have been aware of that and had blankets available.”Yes, he should. But they do it because the chances are they will get away with it, and when they don’t, the punishment is minimal.
Let’s start by removing their licences for a year.