Brawling Sevenoaks taxi drivers have their licences suspended
A PAIR of brawling taxi drivers have had their licences suspended after a fight broke out at Sevenoaks railway station.
Andrew Badger and Mohammed Jabbar were arrested and cautioned after the brawl at a rank outside the station.
A hearing at Sevenoaks District Council, the authority which licences taxi drivers in the district, decided that Mr Badger, 55, would have his Hackney carriage driver's licence suspended for six months and Mr Jabbar, 37, would have his suspended for nine months.
Both men appealed against the decision to suspend their taxi licences – but last month magistrates upheld the council’s ruling at the hearing in October last year and ordered the pair to each pay costs of £765.
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Cllr Elaine Bracken, the Council’s Cabinet member for licensing, today expressed her pleasure at the court’s ruling and the action taken following the brawl in May last year.
She said: "We have a duty to protect the travelling public and we will use our powers to ensure drivers and operators meet the standards of conduct set out in law.
"This particular incident would have been distressing for the public and is not the sort of behaviour we would expect from drivers providing a public service."
The two drivers had until April 27 to appeal against the magistrates’ decision and Sevenoaks District Council says it is unaware of any appeal being made.