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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:58 am 
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A while since there's been an Evil Driver Fined Pregnant Woman Whose Waters Broke On Way To Hospital article, so here's one :roll:

It's in all the nationals as well, and while I haven't read any of their coverage, I doubt if it's sympathetic to the driver.

Surprising amount of supportive comments for the driver on YEP's website, though, although obviously some think he's the scum of the earth.


Leeds driver 'fined' woman for going into labour in taxi after waters broke on way to hospital

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/ ... -1-9885761

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A taxi driver allegedly told a woman from Leeds she had to help clean up - after she went into labour in his car.

Aiden Ibbotson, 23, said his partner Dana Harrison, 23, was told she had to pay £50 for causing a mess in the car by the driver - as he dropped her at the door of St James's Hospital in Leeds on the way to give birth.

Dana had desperately called for a RoadRunners taxi from her home in Seacroft to the hospital as her contractions started, eleven days earlier than her baby was due.

However, Aiden - who was fishing with friends at the time - said Dana was taken on a longer route to hospital and her waters had broken on the way.

When the taxi finally arrived at the hospital, Dana was reportedly told "are you going to clean the car?" by the driver - who has not been identified - as she was rushed into the hospital.

Aiden said midwives had been left shocked by the reaction of the driver - who allegedly told Dana she had to pay a £50 fine for the journey.

He said: "She ended up giving him £30 on top of the fare, which was more than usual because he had gone the long way anyway.

"I couldn't believe it when she told me."

Aiden rushed from his fishing trip to be by the side of his partner as soon as possible.

He said the midwives couldn't believe the attitude of the driver.

Aiden added: "Apparently the driver said he was going to wait outside the hospital for someone to bring wipes out to clean the car.

"The midwives were clearly shocked by his actions.

"She had started to give birth in his car and the baby's head had started to come out.

"Dana near enough had the baby in her hands.

"What could she do?"

Thankfully, Dana gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Blake in the hospital a short time later.

Aiden added: "I have tried to call the company but they have said I can only accept their apologies and they won't tell me who the driver was.

"I asked for his badge number which would've been in his car but they would not give it to me.

"I am so angry."

Roadrunners was approached for comment.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:46 am 
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Aiden added: "I have tried to call the company but they have said I can only accept their apologies and they won't tell me who the driver was.

"I asked for his badge number which would've been in his car but they would not give it to me.


That is a very foolish thing for the company to do. The customer has the right to make a formal complaint if he so wishes and the Council will ask the company to provide the information. If they refuse the Council they could be in deep water with their operators license.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:23 pm 
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That is a very foolish thing for the company to do. The customer has the right to make a formal complaint if he so wishes and the Council will ask the company to provide the information. If they refuse the Council they could be in deep water with their operators license.

If the operator gave out the driver's details they would be committing a criminal offence.

The customer needs to make a complaint to those that have a legal duty to investigate.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:56 pm 
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If the operator gave out the driver's details they would be committing a criminal offence.


Did wonder about that - irrespective of the legalities, doesn't seem a good idea to give out drivers' personal info to members of the public - could be a false complaint or worse. You only have to look at the female from Crawley to show the kind of thing that can happen.

And which in turn is why I'm a bit wary of the drivers' photos and other information sent out by the apps these days :shock:

But in a case like this, the op should advise the complainant to contact the council, and if there's a case to be made against the driver then the council can in turn contact the firm and get the driver's details.


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But in a case like this, the op should advise the complainant to contact the council, and if there's a case to be made against the driver then the council can in turn contact the firm and get the driver's details.

One of the problems we have in this trade is that operators think they are judge and jury on any issues that relate to drivers working with their circuits.

Well they are not, that's the job of either the council or the police, at times both. Operators should always refer any issues to the council.

If the council believes an operator can deal with the issue in house (that would include such issues as overcharging, wrong routes and lateness), then so be it.

But it should be those with the legal duty to deal with these matters that do, not operators who (and I exclude anyone on TDO) think of the rent money and are happy to sweep matters under the carpet.

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