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Taxi man's anger at 'over the top' police fine in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

Taxi driver Mohammed Islam is angry at his fine

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TAXI driver Mohammed Islam has been left fuming after he was fined £50 for leaving his car while he bought a burger.

The 30-year-old private hire driver, who lives in St Michael’s Square, said the punishment did not fit the crime when he left his engine running in Station Road in the early hours of December 29.

But police insist he was posing a major risk to public safety and said they found his unattended car facing the wrong way in a bus lane, with fog lights on.

In all, a spokesman said, he was committing three offences and could have been summonsed to court.

Instead, the officer “used his discretion” and issued the fine for the most serious of the offences, abandoning a vehicle.

Mohammed said: “I was told it was a section 201 offence because I had left my car unattended.

“I was gone for seconds. It was gone midnight and you can no longer get down Eastgate Street, where I would have gone for some food, because they close the road on Saturday night.

“I pulled up in the road and went into the Food Hut for a burger but I could see my car the whole time, there’s no way I had abandoned it.

“It just seems ridiculous and heavy handed.

“If I had done something wrong, why not just tell me that and ask me not to do it again, or why not come into the Food Hut and ask?

“To get a £50 fine is really over the top.”

A police spokesman said: “Leaving a vehicle unattended with the engine running on a public road is also known as quitting a vehicle and is an offence.

“While this person does not agree, the officers believed the circumstances in this case meant it was appropriate and proportionate to issue a fine.”

He added: “The officer did use discretion and issued a fine for the most serious offence, which is the abandoning of the vehicle.

“This is because the car could have lurched forward or someone could have got in and driven off, causing a huge risk to public safety.”

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  • fightorflight  |  January 04 2014, 6:00PM

    It's called ' quitting '. If somebody stoke your vehicle whilst getting a burger who would be the first people to call? One word ' muppet '

  • Snappy_Happer  |  January 04 2014, 5:41PM

    If he's a private hire driver, why does he even need to grab a burger? Plan ahead! Better than chancing your cab being stolen.

  • honslknjklyt  |  January 04 2014, 2:50PM

    Should have been fined £50 per offence to total £150.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 04 2014, 12:01PM

    New new story - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdIil5XIAAA49jD.jpg:large

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  • Lecorche  |  January 04 2014, 11:06AM

    50 quid for being a pillock sounds like a good deal to me. Pay up with a smile Mr.Islam. You got off very lightly.

  • RoadWombat  |  January 04 2014, 10:47AM

    First - he's not a taxi driver, he is Private Hire. Taxis (or Hackney Carriages as they are properly called) can be hailed wheras PH can only pick up pre-arranged fares. Taxi drivers are (supposedly!) licensed to a higher standard and most of the shenanigans that goes on is done by the PH drivers. Secondly, he hasn't been 'fined' at all, he's been given the chance of avoiding court by paying a fixed penalty. If he feels hard done-by he can choose to take the matter to court and take his chances with the magistrates. Somehow, I don't think he'll be doing that!

  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 04 2014, 10:34AM

    Agree with all the comments here. Considering my mate got fined £80.00 for overstaying in a car-park at the Docks for 10 minutes, and I got the same for having a manufacturers logo on my numberplate, this guy has got away scot free. I love this sort of comeuppance. Taxi drivers never indicate, are impatient, very scruffily dressed and beep the horn outside a fare's house, 'cos they can't be @r*£d to get out and knock the door. And to complain to TiG, well, you know the sort.................lol!

  • joner63  |  January 04 2014, 8:12AM

    this taxi driver should be brought before licencing and suspeneded if he cannot see he broke the law on 3 offences your meant to be a professional driver and if you just break the law so easy got to feel sorry for the members of public you pick up because you have no regard for our laws

  • GlostaBoy123  |  January 04 2014, 7:03AM

    You left the vehichle unattended which could have been a costly burger as the vehichle could have been nicked, muppet.

  • Kay_Powell  |  January 03 2014, 9:41PM

    The report of this eejit complaining about his £50 fine for breaking three motoring laws has really cheered me up. I like laughing at the lunatics. Does he even have a full UK driving licence? Did he take the tests himself?

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