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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:05 pm 
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For viewers south of the border, usual caveat that our limits lower in Scotland, so wouldn't be EIGHT times over limit in England.


Inverclyde taxi driver was found EIGHT times the legal alcohol limit at his work

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/new ... imit-work/

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A DRUNKEN Inverclyde taxi driver was found EIGHT times the legal alcohol limit at his work.

Ryan Mark was still available for hire to potential passengers within the district despite being so drunk he could barely stand up straight.

The intoxicated cabbie, 38, was caught after dropping off a mid-afternoon fare in Gourock and causing a minor collision with another vehicle.

Mark provided a reading of 175 micrograms [mcg] of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath in a roadside test, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.

The legal limit is 22mcg, meaning that he was 7.95 times the maximum allowed.

Prosecutor Lindy Scaife said: "At around 3.25pm the accused was in the course of his employment as a taxi driver.

"He had dropped a passenger off at Shore Street, whereby he had damaged another car.

"The owner of the other vehicle approached the accused and immediately formed the opinion that he was under the influence of alcohol.

"The accused was unsteady on his feet."

Mark, of Belville Street, Greenock, had been driving a red Seat Toledo taxi at the time of the offence on October 5 last year.

Police were alerted to the state he was in by the wife of the driver whose car was damaged.

Fiscal depute Ms Scaife confirmed: "The accused complied with a roadside breath test, which returned a reading of 175 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath."

At Greenock police office some time later, Mark was found to still have 141mcg of booze in 100ml of breath.

But he failed to provide a legally required second specimen for a drunk-driving prosecution.

Ms Scaife said: "A second specimen was asked for. He failed to provide that specimen and he did not give a reasonable excuse.

"He was given a further opportunity and again failed to provide a specimen.

"The accused was thereafter cautioned and charged and made no reply."

Mark, a first offender, pleaded guilty to failing without reasonable excuse to provide breath samples in order to ascertain his ability to drive.

It's not the first time that a local taxi driver has been drunk on duty.

The Telegraph told in April 2018 how a cabbie was five-and-a-half times the booze limit.

Defence lawyer Edel McGinty reserved her plea in mitigation on behalf of Mark for a forthcoming sentencing hearing.

Miss McGinty said: "There is a background with Mr Mark and I think it would be beneficial to get reports."

Sentence on Mark has been deferred until February 26.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:08 pm 
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Mark provided a reading of 175 micrograms [mcg] of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath in a roadside test, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.

The legal limit is 22mcg, meaning that he was 7.95 times the maximum allowed.


Can't be bothered looking this up again, but 35mcg in England, isn't it?

So south of the border he'd have been FIVE times over the limit :shock:


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5 times or 8 times over the limit it is a LOT

what a w*ss^ck should know better :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:44 pm 
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Mark, of Belville Street, Greenock, had been driving a red Seat Toledo taxi at the time of the offence on October 5 last year.

This is the other photo the newspaper has used on its website to illustrate the story:

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My money was on that *not* being the car in question, and indeed a comment on the newspaper's website says: "Got to love the 2nd pic of a random taxi nowhere NEAR Inverclyde."

So if I was the driver of the above cab then I'd be a bit annoyed - the door stickers (back AND front doors) have obviously been blurred out, but the number plate is still easily readable, particularly in the larger version of the photo [-(


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:46 pm 
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For what it's worth, this is the higher-resolution version of the photo:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:54 pm 
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The intoxicated cabbie, 38, was caught after dropping off a mid-afternoon fare in Gourock and causing a minor collision with another vehicle.

That much over the limit in the afternoon????

Fella has defo got a problem that he needs to sort, else he is going to end up dead soon.

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Wondered where the photo came from, so Googled 'taxi seat toledo', and found it easily enough.

It's captioned Southampton on Flickr, but it's actually marked Totton & Waterside Cabs, which is based in Hythe across the water, so presumably licensed by New Forest Council.

Either way, a long way from Greenock [-(

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Either way, a long way from Greenock [-(

Aren't most things?

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