A London green badge taxi driver has had his licence restored after a Transport for London decision was overturned on reconsideration.
Taxi Defence Barristers’ Lead Counsel Stephen McCaffrey represented a Mr AH who, after being licensed for over 12 years, had his licence revoked following conviction in the Crown Court of two regulatory offences.
In addition, TfL also raised health concerns related to previous cancer treatment and heart fitness tests. TfL were disputing the adequacy of Mr AH’s medical reports in applying DVLA Group 2 standards.
Mr AH was initially advised to seek an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court. However, on advice from Stephen McCaffrey, a request to reconsider was submitted to TfL.
Following full submissions in respect of the offences and the context of the case – as well as full submissions on TfL own policy – a recommendation was made by the panel to licensing that the decision be overturned.
TfL licensing followed that recommendation and reversed their own decision. They decided to issue a warning and allow Mr AH to continue driving. He remains a licence black cab green badge taxi driver.
On the matter relating to Mr AH’s health, Stephen McCaffrey successfully argued that these concerns were irrelevant relaying on proper information from Mr AH’s consultant that explained how TfL were incorrectly applied their own policy.
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Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.
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