Cabbies win challenges against council officials

Chief Insp Iain Chorlton  and Hafeas Rehman from the Sheffield Taxi Trade Association
Chief Insp Iain Chorlton and Hafeas Rehman from the Sheffield Taxi Trade Association
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TAXI drivers have won two challenges against Sheffield Council over a parking ticket and a decision to ban an ‘immaculate’ old vehicle.

Talib Hussain, aged 42, of Carterknowle Road, appealed against a penalty notice, issued by post after he waited in a layby on High Street on July 30 while a customer visited a cash machine.

Meanwhile, Amran Rashid, aged 35, of Attercliffe-based Sheffield Cab Company, challenged the council’s policy not to license hackney carriages over 15 years old.

Mr Hussain said: “I’m really pleased the ticket has been overturned – it was the right result.

“I was not waiting long and the parking warden did not even approach me.”

Mr Rashid, who appealed at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, said: “One of my taxis turned 15 in August but it’s in immaculate condition and I didn’t think the rule was fair.”

Hafeas Rehman, Sheffield Taxi Trade Association chairman, said: “The parking ticket case is one of 10 I have heard of recently where the council has issued them by stealth without challenging drivers. It is worrying.

“I also think the council should allow old vehicles if they are in good condition.”

The council said Mr Rashid’s appeal was an ‘exceptional case’ and its taxi age policy will remain for ‘safety, passenger comfort and environmental reasons’.

The council said, in Mr Hussain’s case, it ‘accepts the findings of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and will not be taking this matter any further’.