Aurel Tirnavean (27), from Chatteris, lost his licence for speaking inappropriately to, and behaving inappropriately towards, a lone female passenger travelling in his taxi. The incident occurred in the early hours of 2 September 2017. He appeared before a licensing sub–committee at Huntingdonshire District Council on 21 November 2017. The sub-committee unanimously decided to revoke Tirnavean’s licence after hearing the evidence against him.
Tirnavean then proceeded to exercise his right to appeal the council’s verdict so the matter was referred to Peterborough magistrates’ court. The case was heard on 28 March 2018 and the council’s decision was upheld.
Chris Stopford, the council’s Head of Community, said: "The council understands the importance of its responsibilities for licensing hackney carriage and private hire drivers. Where information is presented to the council that brings into question whether drivers are ‘fit and proper’, we will take action to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors who rely on local taxi services."