Bradford cabbie challenges Council on policy on repaired taxis

Khurram Shehzad

Khurram Shehzad

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

A driver is challenging Bradford Council in court in the hope it may lead to a review of policy on the relicensing of private hire cars damaged in accidents.

Khurram Shehzad has also written to councillors with his concerns, saying he is frustrated by conversations he has had with the Council’s licensing department.

When a private hire car is involved in an accident or damaged it has to be reported to the Council, which issues private hire licenses, and inspected. If it is classed as a write-off it must be sent for inspection in Northampton before a license can be reissued.

But Mr Shehzad said several drivers have had issues with the policy over the last year relating to vehicles which are classed as Category D by insurance companies – when the car is repairable, but the work would cost more than the vehicle is worth.

He and others think in that situation, drivers should not have to take their vehicles to Northampton for a check.

He said the Northampton trip was expensive and unnecessary. “During the current economic climate we feel that such approach from the Council cannot be justified,” said Mr Shehzad, who runs Local Cars.

Geoff Binnington, Bradford Council's principal officer fleet and transport services, said: “The Council does not license vehicles which have been written off by insurance companies unless they have been fully repaired and certificated as safe following a stringent safety inspection by an independent specialist company. The Council will not under any circumstances license vehicles which may jeopardise the safety of the public.”

Mr Shehzad said passenger safety was extremely important to him. He has now lodged papers with Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court relating to the Council’s decision to request a Northampton inspection one of his drivers’ vehicles which was involved in a minor accident and classed as a Category D vehicle due to the cost of repairing damage to its door.

The car has been repaired and passed an MoT, but the Council has requested a Northamton inspection, saying that is the only way it can reissue licence plates for it.

Mr Binnington said the Council would look at the points raised.

A Council spokesman added: “Autolign Inspections are the only UK based company that specialises in the reclassification of vehicles written off by insurance companies and their inspections are carried out in accordance with a specification agreed with the Motor Insurance Repair Research.

“There are no insurance industry recognised local garages certified to carry out these inspections.”

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9:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

Cooperlane2 says...

The value of a door is worth more than the vehicle?..says it all about Bradford taxis.
The value of a door is worth more than the vehicle?..says it all about Bradford taxis. Cooperlane2
  • Score: 16

10:03am Sat 11 Jan 14

sam-tyler says...

Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside? sam-tyler
  • Score: 19

10:23am Sat 11 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Any written off car, taxi or not, written off should not go on road again.
If I see my written off car on the road again I would be most upset.

It's ok saying only a door damaged but my car did not look too bad on the surface it was all the bits bent and out of shape underneath that was the problem, they are made to give rather me being bent and me having to be mended.
Any written off car, taxi or not, written off should not go on road again. If I see my written off car on the road again I would be most upset. It's ok saying only a door damaged but my car did not look too bad on the surface it was all the bits bent and out of shape underneath that was the problem, they are made to give rather me being bent and me having to be mended. Joedavid
  • Score: 7

10:24am Sat 11 Jan 14

Banni2 says...

sam-tyler wrote:
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
It's always the same tale, Asian taxi drivers trying to book the system, charging outrageous fares ,driving like lunatics. In dirty cars.
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?[/p][/quote]It's always the same tale, Asian taxi drivers trying to book the system, charging outrageous fares ,driving like lunatics. In dirty cars. Banni2
  • Score: 20

11:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

Albion. says...

I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used.
I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used. Albion.
  • Score: 13

12:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

sam-tyler wrote:
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians.

Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ?
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?[/p][/quote]It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians. Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -28

12:42pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

sam-tyler wrote:
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
Maybe it's not the car that smells.....As others have said, if you don't like the rules, do summat else.
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?[/p][/quote]Maybe it's not the car that smells.....As others have said, if you don't like the rules, do summat else. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 18

1:26pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Cooperlane2 says...

Northampton may be trek, but it's not a sort of thing you do daily or weekly.
Or are Bradford taxi companies regularly buying write-offs to repair?
Northampton may be trek, but it's not a sort of thing you do daily or weekly. Or are Bradford taxi companies regularly buying write-offs to repair? Cooperlane2
  • Score: 15

3:39pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sam-tyler says...

The Hoffster wrote:
sam-tyler wrote:
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians.

Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ?
Shut up Cade you boring, one-trick, racist ****
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?[/p][/quote]It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians. Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ?[/p][/quote]Shut up Cade you boring, one-trick, racist **** sam-tyler
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Sat 11 Jan 14

thornburyph says...

And i thought the hackney carriage office had a good working relationship with mr SHAZAD who is the secretary of the private hire liason group. A write off should be a write off.

Well Mr SHAZAD how does it feel when you don't get what you want. Oh dear oh dear. And that's from a fellow driver.
And i thought the hackney carriage office had a good working relationship with mr SHAZAD who is the secretary of the private hire liason group. A write off should be a write off. Well Mr SHAZAD how does it feel when you don't get what you want. Oh dear oh dear. And that's from a fellow driver. thornburyph
  • Score: 22

10:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sunniside says...

It could just be because they get excessive quotes for the repairs , has not all our insurance gone up because Bradford is famous nation wide for fiddling the car insurance claims ?
It could just be because they get excessive quotes for the repairs , has not all our insurance gone up because Bradford is famous nation wide for fiddling the car insurance claims ? sunniside
  • Score: 7

10:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

johnhem says...

Albion. wrote:
I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used.
why ridiculous al? royal mint is in wales, dvlc is in Swansea and the nonowts are in downing st. all are the only specialists in what they do ( except the nonowts whose only speciality is doing things they know nowt about) so if Northampton is where they do this then so be it, could have been worse and been Southampton.
your coins/notes come to you via your banks, licences via the post but cars have to go there for inspection even if it does appear odd, wonder what sort of a waiting list there must be if all the other counties taxi drivers are as hopeless as ours.
as was stated earlier though, if a car is written off because of the cost of a door then there should be no test, it must be too old. no good saying they were cheap when new, there is a reason for that and its because the parts were also cheap, so no comparison there.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used.[/p][/quote]why ridiculous al? royal mint is in wales, dvlc is in Swansea and the nonowts are in downing st. all are the only specialists in what they do ( except the nonowts whose only speciality is doing things they know nowt about) so if Northampton is where they do this then so be it, could have been worse and been Southampton. your coins/notes come to you via your banks, licences via the post but cars have to go there for inspection even if it does appear odd, wonder what sort of a waiting list there must be if all the other counties taxi drivers are as hopeless as ours. as was stated earlier though, if a car is written off because of the cost of a door then there should be no test, it must be too old. no good saying they were cheap when new, there is a reason for that and its because the parts were also cheap, so no comparison there. johnhem
  • Score: -4

10:42am Sun 12 Jan 14

Here today says...

Rules are in force to stop the car being >repaired< and certifiedsafe in a shoddy way in brother-in-laws back garden. Itś true, the taxis DO smell of wet dog/mouldy food.
Rules are in force to stop the car being >repaired< and certifiedsafe in a shoddy way in brother-in-laws back garden. Itś true, the taxis DO smell of wet dog/mouldy food. Here today
  • Score: 3

11:40am Sun 12 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

sam-tyler wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
sam-tyler wrote:
Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it.
Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up.

Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks &amp; scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?
It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians.

Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ?
Shut up Cade you boring, one-trick, racist ****
Pot, kettle, black ?
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Another one who thinks the law should be changed, just because he doesn't like it. Revoke his taxi license for not complying. That will shut him up. Bradford taxis must be the worst in the country for knocks & scrapes, lights not working, etc. And why do they all smell like a wet dog inside?[/p][/quote]It seems you love to comment negatively on any story involving Asians. Are you a member of the BNP/EDL by any chance ?[/p][/quote]Shut up Cade you boring, one-trick, racist ****[/p][/quote]Pot, kettle, black ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -4

11:42am Sun 12 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

Here today wrote:
Rules are in force to stop the car being &gt;repaired&lt; and certifiedsafe in a shoddy way in brother-in-laws back garden. Itś true, the taxis DO smell of wet dog/mouldy food.
And who do you blame for that ?

The animals that are picked up on a Friday/Saturday night or anyone else?
[quote][p][bold]Here today[/bold] wrote: Rules are in force to stop the car being >repaired< and certifiedsafe in a shoddy way in brother-in-laws back garden. Itś true, the taxis DO smell of wet dog/mouldy food.[/p][/quote]And who do you blame for that ? The animals that are picked up on a Friday/Saturday night or anyone else? The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

1:51pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Nabwood says...

It's only Northampton, not Northern Spain! A couple of hours down the M1, couple of hours being checked, couple of hours back - a full day. Not a bad investment to get a car back on the road after being written off. A written off car probably spends a week in a garage, so what is one more day?
It's only Northampton, not Northern Spain! A couple of hours down the M1, couple of hours being checked, couple of hours back - a full day. Not a bad investment to get a car back on the road after being written off. A written off car probably spends a week in a garage, so what is one more day? Nabwood
  • Score: -1

1:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mr Capp says...

Lots of ignorant comments here by ignorant racist individuals. Bradford council are a clueless and failing local authority whose leaders are meddling bureaucrats working to a system that was devised in the 1970's
Lots of ignorant comments here by ignorant racist individuals. Bradford council are a clueless and failing local authority whose leaders are meddling bureaucrats working to a system that was devised in the 1970's Mr Capp
  • Score: -3

2:05pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Mr Capp wrote:
Lots of ignorant comments here by ignorant racist individuals. Bradford council are a clueless and failing local authority whose leaders are meddling bureaucrats working to a system that was devised in the 1970's
You either abide by the rules or you go elsewhere! If you disagree with the rules, then try and alter them, ignoring or disregarding them should never be an option.
With regard to "comments", well they are probably shaped by the history of complaints here.
Personally, I think that the Northampton requirement is ridiculous, but I wouldn't try to cheat my way round it.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Capp[/bold] wrote: Lots of ignorant comments here by ignorant racist individuals. Bradford council are a clueless and failing local authority whose leaders are meddling bureaucrats working to a system that was devised in the 1970's[/p][/quote]You either abide by the rules or you go elsewhere! If you disagree with the rules, then try and alter them, ignoring or disregarding them should never be an option. With regard to "comments", well they are probably shaped by the history of complaints here. Personally, I think that the Northampton requirement is ridiculous, but I wouldn't try to cheat my way round it. Albion.
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Albion. says...

johnhem wrote:
Albion. wrote:
I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used.
why ridiculous al? royal mint is in wales, dvlc is in Swansea and the nonowts are in downing st. all are the only specialists in what they do ( except the nonowts whose only speciality is doing things they know nowt about) so if Northampton is where they do this then so be it, could have been worse and been Southampton.
your coins/notes come to you via your banks, licences via the post but cars have to go there for inspection even if it does appear odd, wonder what sort of a waiting list there must be if all the other counties taxi drivers are as hopeless as ours.
as was stated earlier though, if a car is written off because of the cost of a door then there should be no test, it must be too old. no good saying they were cheap when new, there is a reason for that and its because the parts were also cheap, so no comparison there.
You don't actually have to visit the Royal Mint or DVLC (or even Downing Street for that matter).
[quote][p][bold]johnhem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't support any lessening of the re-licensing regulations, but it seems ridiculous that Northampton has to be used.[/p][/quote]why ridiculous al? royal mint is in wales, dvlc is in Swansea and the nonowts are in downing st. all are the only specialists in what they do ( except the nonowts whose only speciality is doing things they know nowt about) so if Northampton is where they do this then so be it, could have been worse and been Southampton. your coins/notes come to you via your banks, licences via the post but cars have to go there for inspection even if it does appear odd, wonder what sort of a waiting list there must be if all the other counties taxi drivers are as hopeless as ours. as was stated earlier though, if a car is written off because of the cost of a door then there should be no test, it must be too old. no good saying they were cheap when new, there is a reason for that and its because the parts were also cheap, so no comparison there.[/p][/quote]You don't actually have to visit the Royal Mint or DVLC (or even Downing Street for that matter). Albion.
  • Score: 4

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