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Court fine for taxi driver who left blind couple stranded in Arnold ‘due to presence of guide dogs’

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A taxi driver who left a blind couple from Arnold stranded because they had guide dogs with them has been fined by magistrates.

Gavin and Mel Griffiths had booked a taxi to pick them up from the town in July 2021.

When the taxi arrived, the Griffiths were waiting on the pavement with their guide dogs. However, the vehicle turned around and drove off, leaving the couple stranded.

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The judge ruled that the reason Mr Anwar failed to fulfil the booking was due to the presence of the guide dogs

Despite pleading not guilty, Rajan Anwar, 52, was convicted by a district judge after hearing evidence from Mr Griffiths’ himself and considering evidence obtained from his phone and Uber which supported the prosecution’s case.

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The judge ruled that the reason Mr Anwar failed to fulfil the booking was due to the presence of the guide dogs, not a flat tyre as Mr Anwar claimed.

Mr Anwar was fined £288, ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £100 in compensation to each of the Griffiths as well as a contribution of £500 towards the prosecution costs.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Councillor David Ellis said: “We are pleased with the court’s decision to hold Mr Anwar accountable for his actions, this case serves as a reminder that discrimination against disabled individuals and their assistance animals is illegal and will not be tolerated.

“I would like to thank the Licencing Team for their sterling work in gathering the evidence to be able to prosecute the driver and I hope that Mr and Mrs Griffiths are not treated in this way ever again.”

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