Private Hire driver from Milton Keynes fined for refusing to take an Assistance Dog

    A private hire driver in Milton Keynes has been fined after refusing to take an assistance dog.

    As a result of a complaint received by MK City Council, a private hire driver was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 10 May 2024 for refusing to take a fare that included two passengers who were each accompanied by an Assistance Dog.

    Following a city council investigation, Sayid Ahmed Dahir of New Bradwell, Milton Keynes pleaded guilty to refusing to take an Assistance Dog(s) in September 2023. 

    He was fined £67 and must pay £350 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.  Mr Dahir’s licence will now be reviewed by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with its policies.

    Cllr Mick Legg, Milton Keynes City Council Cabinet Member responsible for Regulatory Services, said:

    “This licensed driver left two customers with their Assistance Dogs stranded and has therefore had to face the full weight of the law.  Milton Keynes City Council takes it obligations under the Equality Act very seriously and will not allow any driver to risk the safety of the travelling public.  We will continue to fully investigate all complaints and put drivers before the Court when appropriate to do so.”

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