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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:52 am 
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Taxi driver stripped of licence after asking female passenger sexual questions

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glas ... r-15269210

The Uber driver denied making illegal pick-ups, as well as an allegation that he grilled a passenger on her sexual history

A cabby who denied ‘pirating’ and asking a female passenger about her sexual history has been branded as a “liar”.

Uber driver Mohammed Addow was effectively stripped of his cab licence after failing to persuade city bosses that he was innocent of the allegations.

He had refuted claims that he picked three women up illegally on Queen Street last year, instead insisting that they had entered his cab without permission.

Mr Addow also denied an allegation from a fellow cabby in 2016 that he had been “pirating in town all the time and taking lots of money”.

And in a third allegation, made in 2015, the driver denied asking sexually motivated questions of a female passenger at a McDonald’s drive-through on Crow Road in Jordanhill.

But licensing committee member Gary Gray said: “As far as I’m concerned, you’re a liar. I’m surprised you have a licence.”

Mr Gray’s blast came after Mr Addow changed his story about all of the incidents several times, despite providing written statements to enforcement officers.

Speaking about the Queen Street incident, Mr Addow said: “That evening was a long time ago. I told the enforcement officers clearly that I don’t remember every job I do.”

That came despite him given a detailed written submission to enforcement officers, in which he claimed the women were ushered into his car by his friend. He also told the committee that when the women entered the cab, one of his female friends was already inside – something he never mentioned to enforcement officers.

Mr Addow was extensively questioned on the 2015 incidents, when he was alleged to have picked a woman up from Queen Margaret Union. After seeing she was upset, Mr Addow admitted to enforcement officers that he took her to a McDonalds drive-through before later claiming that the fast food outlet “may not have been open”.

The woman claimed the cabby had asked her a string of questions about her sexual history and that he had boasted about sleeping with students.

Mr Addow instead told licensing chiefs that it was the woman who had behaved inappropriately and had asked him if he had ever had a threesome. He also claimed the woman had racially abused him by calling him a “black b******” after he rejected her advances.

But licensing committee member Graham Campbell described those claims as “highly unlikely”, adding: “I don’t believe she asked you any questions about your sexual history.

“You said that the woman became racially abusive. I take exception when racism is used to defend oneself when it’s not warranted. It undermines all the other times when it is true. I don’t think you’re telling the truth.”

Mr Addow then admitted that he had made up his version of events and apologised to the committee.

Muslim committee member Hanif Raja then slammed Mr Addow for embarrassing himself.

He said: “I feel embarrassed. I’m very shocked at the way you’ve behaved today. You think we’re stupid. We’re not.

“Anybody who is serving the city of Glasgow is responsible for making sure passengers are safe. The claims against you aren’t made because of your colour. It’s because you were doing these things.

“I’ve been living in this country for 52 years, I’ve never come across one person accusing me of sexually harassing people. It’s not your right to question people sexually.”

The committee suspended Mr Addow’s cab licence until it expires, meaning he’ll have to re-apply for his job when the suspension is lifted.


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The committee suspended Mr Addow’s cab licence until it expires, meaning he’ll have to re-apply for his job when the suspension is lifted.

Got a good idea what the outcome will be, should he reapply.

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