Cars Uber driver fined after refusing to take a partially-sighted man's guide dog in his car

21:45  21 february  2020
21:45  21 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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a large brown dog lying on the ground © Provided by The i An Uber minicab driver has been fined after a partially-sighted man filmed him refusing to take his guide dog in the car.

Colin Perreira ordered the car at Watford Junction on 27 June the driver would not allow the dog to travel in his car when he arrived.

a brown and white dog on a leash © Provided by The i

Mohammed Hafiz Raja, of Trinity Hall Close, Watford, was found guilty of breaching the Equality Act and fined £850 plus costs.

The driver said he would not take the dog and despite Mr Perreira explaining this was against the law, he drove off, leaving Mr Perreira and his dog behind.

A fifth offence

Mr Perreira said it was the fifth time he had had a case taken to court, resulting in successful convictions each time.

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A guide dog crosses the road (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty Images/File)

He told the BBC that he did it for people "who are like me but who would not have that sort of confidence to do it, who would shy away and actually be very upset".

"This is about me sticking up for my community, the guide dog owner community, the visually-impaired community and the wider disabled community."

Mr Perreira, from Hemel Hempstead, ordered the car on the Uber app and, as he always does now to "protect my rights", he started filming as he approached the minicab.

Transport for London brought the case before magistrates on 12 February.

The driver did not attend the hearing or enter a plea at Westminster Magistrate's Court but was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £873, bringing the total amount to more than £1,700.

A spokesman for Uber told the BBC: "It is totally unacceptable for drivers to refuse to take a guide dog and we investigate every report.

"Any driver who is found to have refused to take a service animal will permanently lose access to the app."

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