Threatening behaviour not tolerated

Date: 17/07/2019

Gwynedd Council has won a court case brought against it by a taxi driver who had lost his licence.


Colin Frazer Owen of CK Cabs, Llanberis lodged an appeal against the Council’s decision on 14 March 2019 to revoke his hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence. The licence was revoked following two incidents of violent behaviour - an assault against another taxi driver at Caergylchu Recycling Centre, Caernarfon on 3 May 2018, and another incident involving a customer in Llanrug on 9 February 2019. The licence was revoked by the Council with immediate effect in order to protect public safety.


Following a two-day hearing on 12 and 15 July, Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court ruled that Gwynedd Council’s decision to revoke the licence wasn’t wrong. As a result Mr Owen lost his appeal and was ordered to pay £5972.48 in legal costs.


Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We are pleased with the court’s decision which sends a very clear message that incidents of threatening behaviour from taxi drivers who operate in the county will not be tolerated.


“At the hearing, the magistrates found that this individual was not suitable to be a taxi driver. Whilst the vast majority of the industry operate with respect, this unfortunate incident shows that Gwynedd Council will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour from drivers and that if necessary, we will defend our decisions in court.”