A MERSEYSIDE taxi driver’s licence has been suspended for 28 days after he was seen watching videos on his mobile phone while he had blind passengers on board.
Nazeed Hyseni (34) was found guilty by Liverpool City Council’s licensing committee of failing to ensure the safety of his passengers.
The committee was told that Hyseni of Canon Road, Anfield, had picked up a party of four people outside Lime Street Station (above) in March 2017.
Three of the elderly passengers, all over 60, were blind and one had a guide dog as they asked Mr Hyseni to take them to the Old Swan public house.
The council’s licensing committee heard evidence that during the journey the sighted member of the party saw Hyseni watching videos on his mobile phone which was on his lap.
He denied the allegation and claimed he was unaware that his phone was on his lap. He also claimed the men were rude to him.
The committee rejected Hyseni’s version of events and banned him from working as a taxi driver in Liverpool for 28 days.
Presiding judge Brian Cummings QC said Hyseni should not have been allowed to appeal against the council committee’s original decision. He said the taxi driver’s conduct had been disgraceful and told him that he must, “Wake up to your responsibilities as a taxi driver”.
Councillor Christine Banks, chair of Liverpool City’s Council’s licensing committee, welcomed the court’s verdict to uphold the decision to ban Hyseni and said:
This was clearly a distressing ordeal for the passengers. Hyseni’s actions put their safety and the safety of other road users and pedestrians at risk. As a consequence, he has lost his livelihood for 28 days and will also be faced with a hefty legal bill.