Off-road cabbie wins appeal

Taxi driver Andy Kay with his Hackney carriage licence which has been given back to him.
Taxi driver Andy Kay with his Hackney carriage licence which has been given back to him.

A LANCASTER taxi driver who had his licence revoked by the city council is now back on the road following a ruling by a district judge.

Andy Kay, from Carnforth, made two separate appeals against the suspension and then the revocation of his Hackney Carriage Licence by Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Committee.

City council barrister Charles Holland told Lancaster Magistrates Court that Mr Kay “had a problem with authority”, was “a danger to the public” and was not a fit and proper person to drive a taxi.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford dismissed Mr Kay’s appeal against the suspension, but said the decision to subsequently revoke his licence “was the wrong one, reached by the wrong route”.

Mr Kay, who is chairman of the Lancaster City Hackney Proprieter’s Assocation (HPA), first appeared before the committee on March 31 2011, after he visited the home of taxi proprieter Michelle Rogers, who is licensed by South Lakeland District Council.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-03-12) for full story.