A Telford private hire driver who refused to take a blind man’s guide dog on a pre-booked journey must pay more than £2,300 a court has ruled.
Driver, Zaheer Mahmood, 48, from Apley, was found guilty of an offence under the Equality Act 2010, after a trial.
The court heard that on January 4 a Mrs Bright booked a private hire car to collect her and her partner Mr Bowers – who is blind and uses a guide dog called Isca – from Wellington train station after they had travelled by train from the south west.
Mrs Bright gave evidence in court stating that she told the private hire company that she required a taxi for two adults, a guide dog and two large cases.
Mahmood was dispatched to the train station but upon seeing the guide dog refused to take the fare.
In another case in 2017, Abandi Kassim turned away Charles Bloch, 22, and his dog in Leicester in July 2016. His girlfriend filmed Kassim saying he would not take them with the dog because of his religion.
Kassim, 44, of Fountains Avenue, Leicester, pleaded guilty to refusing to convey a guide dog, an offence under the Equality Act 2010, and was fined £340 plus £200 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
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