Do you think the punishment was too lax? (Why/Why Not)A taxi driver has been fined over £1,000 after he refused to pick up a blind woman and her guide dog, because he didn’t want to get fur in his car.
Nadim Afzali left mum-of-one Laura Bonehill shaking and in tears after he drove away from her and six-year-old Golden Retriever Falcon as she tried to return home last November.
By laws, taxis – along with buses and trains – must accept guide dogs unless they have a medical certificate to prove that they are allergic to dogs.
But when Afzali arrived in Ruislip, the Alpha Cars driver refused to take Falcon, and shouted ‘no dog, no dog’ before banging his hands on the steering wheel.
Laura then attempted to tell him the law, but he immediately attempted to drive off.
She then phoned Alpha Cars and told them that their driver was legally obliged to pick her up, but heard him moaning about the decision to his boss.
She then attempted to get in the car once more, but as she did so, Afzali shouted ‘no dog’, and drove away once more.
Laura was left in tears and was eventually picked up from Ruislip High Street, West London by her dad.
Afzali has now been ordered to pay costs of £895 and a victim surcharge of £150 after he pleaded guilty to not letting a dog in his car, but Laura believes that the punishment is too lax.