Drink-drive cabbie boss to appeal refusal to renew his taxi licence

Daily Echo: Drink-drive cabbie boss to appeal refusal to renew his taxi licence Drink-drive cabbie boss to appeal refusal to renew his taxi licence

A TAXI boss is battling to save his business after being convicted of drink-driving.

Brian Marlow, who runs Fordingbridge Taxis, has vowed to lodge an appeal following the district council’s refusal to renew his taxi driver’s licence.

Mr Marlow, of Riverdale Close, Fordingbridge, was driving himself back from a darts match in February last year when he was stopped by police.

He was found to be twice the legal drink-drive limit and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

The veteran cabbie, who has been driving for 27 years, asked the council’s licensing sub-committee to renew his taxi driver’s licence once his ban had expired.

He said his disqualification had already cost him about £12,000 in lost business.

Mr Marlow added: “I was a damn fool but it was a one-off case of stupidity. I was astounded when I was told I was twice the limit.

“I really don’t want to close down and put two other people out of work.”

However, taxi drivers disqualified for drink-driving are not normally granted a new licence by the council until three years after their ban ends.

Councillor Paul Woods, chairman of the three-man sub-committee, said there was no reason why the council should deviate from its policy.

He added: “While the subcommittee was sympathetic to the applicant’s financial situation it was not appropriate to take these factors into account.

“The sub-committee were mindful that their duty in determining this application was to ensure the safety of the public.”

After the meeting Mr Marlow said: “I’m gutted. One mistake in 27 years and I’m finished.”

The cabbie vowed to lodge an appeal at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

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9:45am Mon 20 Feb 12

teamgreen says...

tough cookies cabbie, if you drink and drive then lose your licence dont expect the rules to be bent for you.you are lucky you did not hurt or kill anyone.it was your fault so man up!
tough cookies cabbie, if you drink and drive then lose your licence dont expect the rules to be bent for you.you are lucky you did not hurt or kill anyone.it was your fault so man up! teamgreen
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9:51am Mon 20 Feb 12

Big Mac says...

One mistake in 27 years...
no, just the one you got caught for.
If you hit '180' on drink driving, then you get what you deserve.
One mistake in 27 years... no, just the one you got caught for. If you hit '180' on drink driving, then you get what you deserve. Big Mac
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10:17am Mon 20 Feb 12

Raven 81 says...

He was lucky to get away with a years ban from driving and losing his cabbie license. If he had hit someone he would have had worse.
He must have been driving recklessly to have been pulled over in the first place. Drink driving is terrible for anyone, and yes, it may be just one mistake but he should know better.
Most of us take great care of something that is our livelihood.
He was lucky to get away with a years ban from driving and losing his cabbie license. If he had hit someone he would have had worse. He must have been driving recklessly to have been pulled over in the first place. Drink driving is terrible for anyone, and yes, it may be just one mistake but he should know better. Most of us take great care of something that is our livelihood. Raven 81
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10:39am Mon 20 Feb 12

British asian says...

Sorry mate ! You drove for a living and one of the biggest dangers to another driver AND pedestrian is a drunk driver. You became that danger to other highway users - You should have known better. I bet you knew you were over the limit but thought police would over look you as a "cabbie". You have a business which relies on you being a driver but you let the love of beer get the better of you. You did not keep a track of your consumption - the big question is Are You A Fit And Proper Person ? N
Sorry mate ! You drove for a living and one of the biggest dangers to another driver AND pedestrian is a drunk driver. You became that danger to other highway users - You should have known better. I bet you knew you were over the limit but thought police would over look you as a "cabbie". You have a business which relies on you being a driver but you let the love of beer get the better of you. You did not keep a track of your consumption - the big question is Are You A Fit And Proper Person ? N British asian
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10:45am Mon 20 Feb 12

G0Rf says...

Naughty cabbie, should know better!
Naughty cabbie, should know better! G0Rf
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10:56am Mon 20 Feb 12

hythe knights says...

Was he too tight to pay for a taxi.
Was he too tight to pay for a taxi. hythe knights
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10:56am Mon 20 Feb 12

bigfella777 says...

The police should stop more taxis, its the ideal foil for drink driving, who would suspect a taxi pulling away from a pub late on a friday night.
The police should stop more taxis, its the ideal foil for drink driving, who would suspect a taxi pulling away from a pub late on a friday night. bigfella777
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11:57am Mon 20 Feb 12

downfader says...

The disqualification didn't lose him £12k, HE DID!

Frankly idiots like this need the full driving licence taken away. You don't just make a "mistake" by being double the limit. Everyone knows the rules, even if you're unsure you do not drink.

He is making excuses and trying to blame others for the results of his own actions.
The disqualification didn't lose him £12k, HE DID! Frankly idiots like this need the full driving licence taken away. You don't just make a "mistake" by being double the limit. Everyone knows the rules, even if you're unsure you do not drink. He is making excuses and trying to blame others for the results of his own actions. downfader
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12:01pm Mon 20 Feb 12

freemantlegirl2 says...

Big Mac wrote:
One mistake in 27 years...
no, just the one you got caught for.
If you hit '180' on drink driving, then you get what you deserve.
I have to say I agree with you. Someone who drives to a darts match, drinks does so with 'forethought and planning'..... cabbies, whether on or off duty are in a position of trust, how can his passengers be confident that he wasn't over the limit in the past (before caught) when driving.... All people who drive for a living should protect their livelihood, and surely he'd get a discount of a colleague driving him home ffs....

Am sympathetic about the loss of earnings but he's going to have to have a rethink about his future?
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: One mistake in 27 years... no, just the one you got caught for. If you hit '180' on drink driving, then you get what you deserve.[/p][/quote]I have to say I agree with you. Someone who drives to a darts match, drinks does so with 'forethought and planning'..... cabbies, whether on or off duty are in a position of trust, how can his passengers be confident that he wasn't over the limit in the past (before caught) when driving.... All people who drive for a living should protect their livelihood, and surely he'd get a discount of a colleague driving him home ffs.... Am sympathetic about the loss of earnings but he's going to have to have a rethink about his future? freemantlegirl2
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12:08pm Mon 20 Feb 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

What a plonker. Irresponsible idiots like him create bad reputation for most law abiding taxi drivers
.
Council's decision is appropriate, hope the court will fully endorse it and won't fall for sob stories, as magistrates and judges often tend to do
.
As somebody has already said, how can anybody say that it was the only time he has done it, because all we know is this time he got caught and got very rightly booked and banned. Well done cops and licensing authority.
What a plonker. Irresponsible idiots like him create bad reputation for most law abiding taxi drivers . Council's decision is appropriate, hope the court will fully endorse it and won't fall for sob stories, as magistrates and judges often tend to do . As somebody has already said, how can anybody say that it was the only time he has done it, because all we know is this time he got caught and got very rightly booked and banned. Well done cops and licensing authority. Paramjit Bahia
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12:32pm Mon 20 Feb 12

Georgem says...

What's his grounds for appeal, then? The council have guidelines about when to renew his licence, why does he think his case is any different to any other taxi driver stupid enough to risk his livelihood? Sorry, but if your business relies on your driving licence, you really should be a little bit more careful with it than that.
What's his grounds for appeal, then? The council have guidelines about when to renew his licence, why does he think his case is any different to any other taxi driver stupid enough to risk his livelihood? Sorry, but if your business relies on your driving licence, you really should be a little bit more careful with it than that. Georgem
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3:37pm Mon 20 Feb 12

bazzeroz says...

Tough tittie mate. No doubt you've been getting away with it for years masquadering as a 'working' taxi on a darts night. Good night Mondays, for getting nicked going home from darts p.issed up.
Tough tittie mate. No doubt you've been getting away with it for years masquadering as a 'working' taxi on a darts night. Good night Mondays, for getting nicked going home from darts p.issed up. bazzeroz
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