Taxi driver’s job in doubt af­ter crash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE -

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.

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