Enforcing the sharia one ride at a time.
A taxi driver who refused to carry a guide dog because he claimed it was against his religion has been fined for breaching equality laws.
Abandi Kassim turned away Charles Bloch, 22, and his dog in Leicester in July 2016.
The driver apologised outside Leicester Magistrates’ Court and claimed he was “confused” at the time.
Mr Bloch said he hoped the fine would send a message to others that disability laws must be respected.
He had booked the minicab for himself and his assistance dog, Carlo, and his girlfriend filmed Kassim saying he would not take them with the dog because of his religion.
Mr Bloch, who is registered blind, explained the law but Kassim drove away.
Kassim, 44, of Fountains Avenue, Leicester, pleaded guilty to refusing to convey a guide dog, an offence under the Equality Act 2010, and was fined £476.
Magistrates told him taxi drivers had a duty to know the law.
ADT Taxis, which employed Mr Kassim, said the driver had been dismissed as soon as they became aware of the incident.