Un­happy pas­sen­ger still seek­ing an­swers to his ques­tions Tick­ing-off for taxi driver who played ‘Mus­lim’ video

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Suz Elvey

selvey@thek­m­group.co.uk A taxi driver who was ac­cused of play­ing “of­fen­sive” re­li­gious videos in his cab while driv­ing has been given a ver­bal warn­ing by the coun­cil.

In De­cem­ber busi­ness owner An­drew Devine de­scribed how he got into a taxi at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion with his wife Jan­ice – and within min­utes the driver be­gan play­ing what the pas­sen­ger be­lieved was a proMus­lim video.

Mr Devine, 52, of South Ash­ford, said he and his part­ner were also locked in the car af­ter ask­ing the driver to stop and were not let out un­til they handed over a small fare.

Mr Devine made a com­plaint to Ash­ford Coun­cil, the au­thor­ity re­spon­si­ble for is­su­ing taxi li­cences, and af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion the driver was given a warn­ing.

Ash­ford coun­cil spokesman Sinead Hanna said: “A com­plaint was re­ceived and in­ves­ti­gated by the li­cens­ing team.

“The in­ci­dent has been dealt with by way of a ver­bal warn­ing. This mat­ter has now been re­solved and the com­plainant has been fully up­dated with the re­sult.”

Speak­ing af­ter the warn­ing was given, Mr Devine told the Ken­tish Ex­press he was not en­tirely happy with the re­sponse and his ques­tions had not been fully an­swered.

He said: “The coun­cil seems to think a warn­ing is ad­e­quate be­cause this is the first time he has done any­thing wrong. I’m happy they in­ves­ti­gated but I’m not com­pletely happy with the coun­cil.

“My ques­tion has still not been an­swered – why did he do it? Why did he think it was a suit­able thing to play?

“I still feel an­gry that he felt he could do that.”

Mr Devine said a coun­cil em­ployee who vis­ited him to dis­cuss the mat­ter of­fered to set up a face-to-face meet­ing be­tween him and the driver.

He con­tin­ued: “I orig­i­nally said no but I think I will be­cause I want to ask him why he did it.”

It is be­lieved the taxi driver was op­er­at­ing in­de­pen­dently and was not linked to any of the town’s cab firms.

An­drew Devine was dis­mayed by an in­ci­dent in a taxi from Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion

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