Ipswich: Minicab driver fined by court for refusing to transport guide dogs » National Taxi Association

Ipswich: Minicab driver fined by court for refusing to transport guide dogs » National Taxi Association

Minicab driver Metin Akin. He refused to take a blind couple because of their guide dogs and was taken to court by Ipswich Borough Council. A minicab driver has been fined after pleading guilty to refusing to transport a blind couple and their two guide dogs – in one of the first prosecutions of its kind in the UK. Metin Akin, of Coopers Close in Witnesham, was forced to pay £1,413 in fines and court fees at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Christopher Bing, representing Ipswich Borough Council, told the court on July 8 last year Martin Roberts had called to book a minicab with Ipswich Cabs 289 Ltd. He and his partner Clare Burman, and their two guide dogs Vikki and Malone, requested to be taken from a relative’s address in Felixstowe Road, to their home in Bridgewater Road, Chantry. The booking was accepted by the controller and given to Akin as the close...

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