Taxi driver’s job in doubt after crash
A CITY taxi driver could lose his job after pleading guilty to causing a crash while on duty.
Muhammad Muneer (52), of Cambridge Avenue, Millfield, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, after crashing into the back of a Ford Focus in snowy weather on February 18.
The Betta Cars taxi driver was fined £150, ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge and given three points on his licence by District Judge Ken Sheraton.
Speaking after the hearing Mohammed Shabir, owner of Betta Cars, said: “Whether he keeps his job or not depends on how much his insurance goes up by. If it is too much then we will not be able to keep him. But this was not a major incident.”
Defending Muneer, Nick Symonds told the court: “He has no previous convictions and, in 30 years of driving, he has never been involved in anything like this.
“There was no damage done to his car, which shows how minor the collision was.
“He admits he could have been driving a little slower at the time.
“It was a simple mistake in poor weather.
“His insurance premium has already gone up by £250 and that will probably be increased when his company is informed about this conviction.”
Both Muneer and Mr Shabir (40), of Harris Street, Peterborough, were found not guilty of using a vehicle with no insurance at the hearing, after Mr Shabir proved that the cars were covered by the firm’s insurance.