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MK Taxi driver convicted for failing to take guide dog

Wednesday 28 October 2020

A Milton Keynes taxi driver has been convicted for driving away from a customer and their guide dog.

On the 30th of September last year Sardar Khan, who has stated that he has allergies but did not have an exemption certificate from South Northants Council, drove away from a pre-booked customer at Kents Hill Conference Centre when he realised they would be travelling with their guide dog.

He pleaded guilty to failing to take a guide dog under Section 170(3) of the Equality Act 2010 on the 16th of October.

Milton Keynes Magistrates Court issued an 18 month condition discharge and a £200 cost, along side a £21 victim discharge.

Councillor Mick Legg, the chair of MKC’s Regulatory Committee, spoke of the conviction in a statement released today.

He said: “Milton Keynes Council has a zero-tolerance approach to offences under the Equality Act 2010 and this case clearly demonstrates our position.”

“This is an excellent result and demonstrates quite clearly that it is unlawful for a private hire driver to refuse to pick up a properly booked person with a guide dog.

“I would like to personally thank the complainant for coming forward and reporting this matter to us.”