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Taxi Driver is Prosecuted for Snubbing Guide Dog

A taxi driver has been ordered to pay £2,175 after refusing to allow a partially sighted woman and her guide dog travel in his car.
The incident happened when a hotel booked Jarnail Singh, of Slough, to take one of their customers, and when he arrived he said he would not allow the dog to travel .

Slough council was contacted about the incident and prosecuted the 45 year old under the Disability Discrimination Act.
He was fined a maximum of £1,000, but failed to turn up to Bracknell Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay an extra £1,175 in costs.
Under the Disability Discrimination Act, drivers cannot refuse to carry guide dogs unless they have been granted an exemption certificate on medical grounds. The court was told that Singh had never applied for this exemption.
Councillor Shafiq Chaudhry, of Slough Borough Council, commissioner for community and leisure said; “Disability discrimination is an extremely serious [...]

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