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Taxi driver loses licence appeal after allegations about behaviour

A TAXI driver has misplaced his bid to regain his personal rent licence after magistrates agreed he was a not a “fit and proper person” to carry one.

On January 29 Bolton Council’s licensing committee determined to revoke Olusegun Ogunmokun’s licence after listening to a collection of allegations about his behaviour.

Mr Ogunmokun appealed in opposition to the choice at Bolton Magistrates’ Court the place Malcolm Hope, for Bolton Council, outlined issues about the driver.

He informed how Mr Ogunmokun did not promptly notify the licensing workforce of a motorway rushing penalty he had obtained or declare it on a renewal type for his licence.

And when checks had been made with Greater Manchester police, they revealed that there had beforehand been reviews about him drink driving and an allegation from a former companion that he had pushed her whereas she was pregnant.

However, 46-year-old Mr Ogunmokun was not charged or convicted of any of the alleged offences.

Checks had been additionally made with Uber, who revealed that that they had obtained 37 complains about the driver, who has held a personal rent licence since 2017. In complete 24 complaints had been about the fares charged, 12 had been about the routes he took and one was about inappropriate conduct.

Mr Hope informed how, on July 28, 2018, a grievance was made by a passenger about “inappropriate” feedback and questions from Mr Ogunmokun which made them really feel “uncomfortable”.

When questioned about the allegations Mr Ogunmokun said that he had by no means been in hassle with the police, didn’t drink and no inappropriate conduct with a passenger had occurred.

An appeal listening to is a civil matter the place the burden of proof is decrease than that of a legal case however Roger Brown, representing father-of-three Mr Ogunmokun, careworn that the allegations about his behaviour had been “hearsay”. “Much of the information is not reliable,” he added.

But Mr Hope careworn that the council’s main consideration is the safety of the general public.

Magistrates determined that the licensing committee’s resolution to revoke the licence was right. Magistrate Stephen Paine informed Mr Ogunmokun: “We believe the decision made by the local authority was a reasonable one and therefore dismiss your appeal.”

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