EAST MIDLANDS taxi driver Gurpal Atwal – also a councillor in the district of Oadby & Wigston – has failed in his appeal to overturn the suspension of his cab licence.
Leicester magistrates court above) has upheld the original decision by Leicester City Council to suspend Mr Atwal’s taxi permit because be was not a, “fit and proper” person to drive a taxi.
Councillor Atwal had been accused of swearing, racism and, “sitting in his pants outside a swimming pool because he believes that is acceptable.”
A spokesman for Leicester City Council said:
We have a framework contract with ASA Transport Service Ltd, to provide transport for vulnerable adults and children in Leicester.
Mr Atwal is employed as a driver with this firm, but as a result of this week’s court decision, we have instructed ASA that Mr Atwal is no longer to be used for any of our contracted work.
Conservative councillor Ross Grant said he had raised issues about the conduct of Mr Atwal in June and was surprised it has taken so long for action to be taken.
He added: “I thought it was necessary for the council to investigate whether he was a fit and proper person and it is sensible to ask why this was not flagged up earlier.”
Councillor Atwal said he wasn’t a racist and that the allegations against him had started after a dispute with a former business partner at Hansom Taxis at Leicester Railway Station. He said: “The allegations against me have been fabricated and I hope will be overturned in a high court case appeal in October.”