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Two strikes and cab man is out.

A BLACK Country private hire cab driver has lost his bid to have his licence reinstated after he was twice caught illegally plying for trade over a nineyear period.

Halesowen magistrates upheld a Dudley Council decision to revoke Abdul Ghafoor's private hire licence over his second plying for hire offence last month.

His first conviction was in October 2001.

Mr Ghafoor, aged 54, of New Farm Road, Stourbridge, appealed against the council's decision on November 4. But the court ruled in favour of the council's decision, which revoked Mr Ghafoor's private hire licence through the taxis committee.

Council rules state that a second plying for hire conviction can lead to revocation of the licence.

Coun Doreen Ameson, chair of the taxis committee, said: "We take this offence extremely seriously and will not hesitate to revoke a licence where drivers fail to learn from their first offence."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 18, 2010
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