Driving lesson

Private hire car driver in Glasgow loses license after driving on pavement

A private hire car driver who maneuvered his vehicle along a Glasgow kerb to avoid a set of roadworks has lost his licence.

Sherko Mohammedpour was convicted last July for the 2020 incident, and was also fined £350 and had his license approved with four penalty points.

During the licensing committee on Wednesday morning, a representative from Police Scotland informed members that Mr Mohammedpour had driven on a named street without care or attention before driving on a public footpath in an effort to avoid road works .

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President and Councilor Alex Wilson said: “Explain this one to me, please. Why did you decide that using the public trail was acceptable? »

Mr Mohammedpour told committee members that he found the road markings confusing.

He said: “The road was confusing me, I didn’t know what to do and I made a mistake. I have held a driver’s license for six years and my VTC license for almost four years.

Councilor Wilson then asked Mr Mohammedpour what was so confusing about the roadworks that caused him to roll on the sidewalk?

He said: ‘When I entered the road it was one way and I thought I couldn’t go back as it would be illegal but when I saw a small path I thought I could take it down.

“It’s the first time in my life that I make such a mistake. I was really confused about the road situation. Accidents happen sometimes.”

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It was then confirmed that Mr. Mohammedpour had not informed the licensing department of his conviction when applying for the renewal of his VTC driver’s license.

Baillie Jim Kavangh said: “You have admitted to this council your failure in two respects to inform council of your failures.

“You admitted to not having read your terms and conditions as a taxi driver. You have driven along a path that is not suitable for vehicles.

“There must have been a road closure sign that you passed or you simply chose to get to your destination on a public footpath that is not for cars. What is your explanation?

Mr Mohammadpour replied: “There were lines on the road which confused me.”

Following the meeting, Mr. Mohammadpour lost his license. He will be informed of this in writing within the next seven days.