An Uber minicab driver has been fined after he was filmed by a partially-sighted man refusing to take his guide dog.
Colin Perreira, from Hemel Hempstead, ordered the vehicle on the Uber app at Watford Junction to travel to his father’s house in Kings Langley on June 27.
Driver Mohammed Hafiz Raja would not allow the assistance animal to travel in his car and left Mr Perreira behind on the pavement – despite a warning that this was against the law.
What do these people care for British law?
Transport for London brought the case before magistrates on 12 February. Raja, from Watford, was found guilty of breaching the Equality Act and fined £850 plus costs.
It’s not enough. He should be barred from ever having a taxi licence again.
It was the fifth time Mr Perreira had taken a case to court, with each resulting in a successful conviction.
They might be ‘successful’ in that the perpetrators are found guilty, but clearly, they aren’t successful at all, because they aren’t deterring others. The contempt they show for the law speaks volumes:
The driver did not attend the hearing or enter a plea at Westminster Magistrate’s Court but was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £873, bringing the total amount to more than £1,700.
He should have been dragged to court in chains to face the music.
A spokesman for Uber stated it was ‘totally unacceptable’ for drivers to refuse to take a guide dog, saying they investigated every report.
Any driver who is found to have refused a service animal will permanently lose access to the app, they added.
Until he sets himself up with a false name, I assume…