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Council takes action against aggressive taxi driver

A taxi driver whose licence was revoked by Mansfield District Council has had his appeal dismissed at Nottingham Magistrates' Court yesterday (Thursday 8 March 2018). Mr Appleton aged 55, had his licence revoked in July 2017 for being intimidating, aggressive and putting members of the public at risk by his driving manner.

Four separate incidents were considered by the magistrates' court.  Two members of the public gave evidence that the driver had put their safety and that of their unborn baby at risk as a result of his driving.  Another member of the public gave evidence about the taxi driver distressing her colleague by being intimidating and making a racist remark. 

Written evidence was considered by the Magistrates detailing a further incident of driving and failing to provide his name when asked, responding with "Eric Cantona" and a fourth incident was considered where the taxi driver had intimidated a passenger by accusing her of theft of his wallet. The taxi driver's appeal was dismissed by the magistrates who found that he was not fit and proper to hold a licence.  The magistrates found that the Licensing Authority's decision to revoke his taxi licence was correct.  Mr Appleton was also ordered to pay a contribution towards the council's legal costs.

Jacqueline Collins, Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer at Mansfield District Council said: "I would also like to thank those members of the public who took the time and trouble to report  their concerns to the council and give evidence at court.  Without their assistance Mr Appleton would still be operating as a taxi driver.  The safety of the public is a paramount consideration for the licensing authority and we will not allow this to be compromised.  Mansfield District Council requires the highest standards for all drivers and will not hesitate to take action against those failing to meet the required standards."