Taxi driver stripped of licence
Taxi drivers who use aggressive or inappropriate behaviour will be stripped of their licence.
That is the tough message being sent by North Somerset Council.
Erkan Kutuk of Saxby Close, Worle has lost his taxi licence after several complaints were received about alleged aggressive and inappropriate behaviour.
North Somerset Council’s licensing committee made the decision to revoke his licence and North Somerset magistrates upheld the decision at an appeal hearing on Monday 22 April. The council was also awarded costs of £900.
Mr Kutuk was referred to the council’s licensing committee in January 2019. After hearing evidence, councillors decided that he was not “fit and proper” to hold a licence and revoked it. Mr Kutuk appealed the decision resulting in a Magistrates court case last week.
The Magistrates agreed with the licensing committee decision after reviewing the evidence and decided Mr Kutuk was not suitable to hold a licence. They dismissed his appeal.
Sioux Isherwood, principal licensing officer from North Somerset Council said: “We will not tolerate any inappropriate or aggressive behaviour from licensed drivers. Drivers are licensed by the council as individuals and work on a self-employed basis for a licensed operator. This could be UBER, OLA or one of our local firms.
“The licence process, which includes fully enhanced DBS checks, is there to ensure that people using taxis feel safe, secure and comfortable. Anything less than this will not be tolerated in the interest of public safety and rogue drivers will be taken off the road.”