Drivers clock up the years

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Campbell with Karen Rodgerson and Ibrar Hussain who receved their long-service awards for working in the taxi industry
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Campbell with Karen Rodgerson and Ibrar Hussain who receved their long-service awards for working in the taxi industry
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FROM taking people home with their shopping to ferrying snooker stars, politicians and footballers about, one long-serving Sheffield cabbie has seen it all.

Ibrar Hussain, also a Labour councillor for Burngreave, has been a hackney cab driver since 1988.

He was among several taxi drivers given awards for long service in a ceremony by Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell.

Also among those honoured was Karen Rodgerson, who works for private hire firm Mercury Taxis.

Ibrar started work as a taxi driver after a previous job on a family-run market stall.

He said: “I’m very proud to receive the award. I don’t know who nominated me but it’s a great honour.

“The job’s been interesting in terms of the people you meet - I once gave Vinnie Jones a lift to Napoleon’s Casino on Ecclesall Road while he was still a footballer in the 1990s.

“I’ve also picked up various stars during World Snooker - John Parrott and Alex Higgins to name some.

“There have also been customers including cricketer Michael Vaughan and politicians such as Joe Ashton and Roy Hattersley.”

But the job has also been tough, he revealed.

Ibrar said: “One time, I was held up at gunpoint for my takings. One major change over the years is that the job has become safer - although there’s been a big increase in drivers so there is more competition.”

Drivers receiving long-service awards were chosen by Sheffield Council’s licensing committee, which regulates taxi drivers in the city.