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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 5:55 pm 
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Zero detail here beyond the headline, so not the most interesting story - wouldn't have bothered with it, but had more or less done all the legwork before realising that the headline more or less says it all.


Taxi driver loses licence after aggressive and inappropriate behaviour allegations

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/som ... er-2822614

Councillors decided Erkan Kutuk was not "fit and proper" for the job

A Worle taxi driver has been stripped of his licence after allegations of aggressive and inappropriate behaviour were made.

Erkan Kutuk, of Saxby Close, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates' Court last week (April 22) after appealing a decision made by the local council's licensing committee.

Councillors decided in January that Mr Kutuk was not "fit and proper" to hold a licence and revoked it, which he contested.

This resulted in an appearance in court.

Magistrates ruled in favour of North Somerset Council, upholding the decision.

Costs of £900 were also awarded.

North Somerset Council said the verdict sent out a tough message.

Principal licensing officer Sioux Isherwood said: “We will not tolerate any inappropriate or aggressive behaviour from licensed drivers.

"Drivers are licensed by the council as individuals and work on a self-employed basis for a licensed operator.

"This could be UBER, OLA or one of our local firms.

“The licence process, which includes fully enhanced DBS checks, is there to ensure that people using taxis feel safe, secure and comfortable.

"Anything less than this will not be tolerated in the interest of public safety and rogue drivers will be taken off the road.”


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:42 pm 
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No more detail here on the 'aggressive behaviour' than the first time round.

But at least the thread title doesn't need changed - he's just lost an appeal at a higher court :?


Taxi driver accused of aggressive and inappropriate behaviour loses appeal to regain licence

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/loca ... te-3213643

Former taxi driver Erkan Kutuk appealed the council's decision twice

A former taxi driver from Weston-super-Mare who was stripped of his licence after complaints about aggressive and inappropriate behaviour has lost an appeal to regain it.

North Somerset Council had received several complaints about the behaviour of cab driver Erkan Kutuk of Saxby Close, Worle.

Mr Kutuk was referred to the council’s licensing committee in January 2019.

After hearing evidence, councillors decided that he was not “fit and proper” to hold a licence and revoked it

Mr Kutuk appealed the decision, resulting in a magistrates court hearing in April.

The magistrates dismissed the appeal and agreed Mr Kutuk was not suitable to hold a licence.

However Mr Kutuk then appealed to Bristol Crown Court, but on Friday (August 9) this appeal was also dismissed by a judge.

During the hearing Mr Kutuk was also ordered to pay North Somerset Council £2,000 in costs.

Cllr Mike Bell, the executive member with responsibility for licensing, said: “We will not tolerate any inappropriate or aggressive behaviour from licensed drivers.

“The licence process, which includes fully enhanced DBS checks, is there to ensure that people using taxis feel safe, secure and comfortable.

“Anything less than this will not be tolerated in the interest of public safety and rogue drivers will be taken off the road.”


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