NEWCASTLE MAGISTRATES Court heard how a taxi driver nearly caused a head-on collision after he drove the wrong way down a major road in the North East of England.
The court was told that Rasel Ahmed risked the lives of himself and others after he drove eastwards on the westbound carriageway of the A69 on 9 August 2016.
A car and lorry were travelling west on the correct carriageway when they spotted the headlights of Ahmed’s Skoda directly ahead of them near to Throckley. The lorry was travelling at 55mph, so the car pulled out to overtake and as the driver is parallel with the lorry, there’s a left hand bend which he couldn’t perfectly see. But, what he did see, to his alarm, was a set of headlights travelling towards him.
“The lorry does an emergency brake and that allows a gap for the car driver to pull onto the left hand side. He then sees a vehicle whizzing past him in the wrong direction in the fast lane. He could just make out the fact that it was a dark-coloured car and a taxi.”
Ahmed, who did not have any passengers on board, was stopped by the police near to the A1, where he told officers he had, “made a mistake”.
District judge Begley sentenced the cabbie to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours of unpaid community work and added: “This was crass bad driving, particularly for a man who was employed as a taxi driver”.
In mitigation, defence counsel Mark Humble said Ahmed:
Had made a mistake, was extremely remorseful and has now lost his job There was a lack of illumination where he joined the A69. I don’t think this man will trouble the courts again in the future.