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Court upholds ban for taxi driver

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A court has upheld the suspension of a Chesterfield taxi driver by Chesterfield Borough Council.

In a case at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Wednesday 3 February, magistrates upheld the council's suspension of Eric Needham (62) of Chesterfield Road, Temple Normanton.

Needham was suspended for one month by the council’s appeals and regulatory committee last October after gaining 13 penalty points under the council's rules for taxi drivers.

The points were issued for:

  • failing to display his driver's badge
  • displaying an unauthorised sign saying "English only spoken in this vehicle"
  • using offensive language to council officers

The court held that the council was correct in imposing the suspension.

Councillor Andy Bellamy, Chesterfield Borough Council's chair of appeals and regulatory committee, said: "We take the welfare of passengers travelling in taxis in the borough very seriously and we will take action to award penalty points and suspend or revoke licenses where necessary.

"We will also not tolerate people using abusive and offensive language to our staff.

"I am pleased that magistrates have recognised the severity of the case and upheld this suspension."

First published on 04 February 2016 Last updated on 11 March 2016