Despite facing criminal charges, including a well-publicised sexual assault charge against a female passenger in August, a Toronto licensing tribunal has allowed Golam Mustafa, 62, Scarborough cab driver to remain on the road
Mustafa is facing nine counts of fraud, nine counts of using a stolen credit card and nine counts of possession of stolen property, all related to an early morning incident on August 25.
Police say a 32-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after getting into a cab at Queen and Tecumseth streets at about 4:30 a.m. on August 25. They say she fled the taxi but left her purse behind.
Staff at the city’s municipal licensing and standards department (MLS) reported Mustafa to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal, the arms-length body that oversees all city-regulated businesses, the day after the alleged assault.
Although MLS recommended that Mustafa’s licence be suspended, “the tribunal did not agree and its decision was to place conditions on Mustafa’s licence,” staff told CBC Toronto in a statement.
On October 25, the tribunal ruled that Mustafa could stay on the road, provided he not accept unaccompanied females as passengers, that he not allow a female to sit in the front seat of his cab, that he not drive overnight and that he let MLS know the outcome of his criminal case.
Mustafa is currently working but is still eligible to drive a taxi.
Although the conditions on Mustafa’s licence must be visible on the driver’s photo card attached to the dash, Hubbard questioned whether the average passenger would bother to check the card when getting into a cab.
Mustafa has not entered a plea on the 28 charges. He is due in court December 12.
But she said in an email that they “arrive at a decision based on the evidence provided by both parties and with many other factors presented at the hearing such as employment, family responsibility, and risk to the public, means of income to provide [for] themselves and their family.” -CINEWS