Monday, December 23, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Taxis Taxi Driver Licence granted to driver who burnt woman Herald Sun & Adelaide Now Dec.1st 2013 Community Safety

"He approached (the woman) from behind and poured the liquid over the front of her body. This caused burns to her chest, abdomen, arms and legs. 

The burns were mostly superficial, partial and/or ­mid-dermal.'' The woman was treated as an outpatient.


"It is undesirable for people with a propensity for reactive violence to be placed in a ­potentially stressful or confrontational role.''

However, (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Deputy President Heather Lambrick) Ms Lambrick said she accepted that the man "did not have a propensity for ­violence''.



Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who is working to make the city's taxis safer, said he hoped Ms Lambrick had made the right decision.

Cabbie who burnt woman with scalding water wins back licence

VCAT directed the taxi commission to issue the man with a licence.
VCAT directed the taxi commission to issue the man with a licence. Source: News Limited
A MAN who poured a cup of boiling liquid over a young woman and faced two intervention orders from his wife has been issued with a taxi driver's licence.
The Taxi Services Commission automatically refused the man a licence when he went to renew it because he had been found guilty of intentionally causing serious injury to a young woman by burning her chest, abdomen, arms and legs.
But the man took the case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, where Deputy President Heather Lambrick directed the taxi commission to issue him with a licence.
The woman he burned was a 22-year-old friend of his wife, with whom he argued over missing cash and jewellery in March 2004.
According to VCAT's decision, the man - whom the Herald Sun cannot name because of the intervention orders taken out against him by his wife - entered the living area of his home after arguing with the woman, carrying a "large cup of steaming liquid''.
"He approached (the woman) from behind and poured the liquid over the front of her body. This caused burns to her chest, abdomen, arms and legs. The burns were mostly superficial, partial and/or ­mid-dermal.'' The woman was treated as an outpatient.
The man received a nine-month suspended jail sentence.
An attempt by the ­Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal against the term on the grounds it was "manifestly inadequate'' was dismissed.
Ms Lambrick said the man gave evidence and admitted he poured the liquid over the victim in a fit of rage.
"Offending of this nature is directly relevant to the question of whether (the man) is suitable to provide the service of a taxi driver,'' she said.
"It is undesirable for people with a propensity for reactive violence to be placed in a ­potentially stressful or confrontational role.''
However, Ms Lambrick said she accepted that the man "did not have a propensity for ­violence''.
"I accept that the serious ­offending engaged in (by the man) nine years ago was out of character ... there is nothing else to suggest that (he) is not a suitable person to drive a taxi.''
The man had previously driven taxis before allowing his licence to lapse. In his application for renewal, he did not tell the taxi commission of his prior conviction.
The commission suggested this could be construed as dishonest, and "thereby call into question his ability to perform the role of taxi driver with honesty''.
Ms Lambrick accepted that due to the man's poor English, his "inaccurate'' filling-out of the application form did not "detract from his honesty''.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who is working to make the city's taxis safer, said he hoped Ms Lambrick had made the right decision.
The Taxi Services Commission will not appeal.


http://m.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/cabbie-who-burnt-woman-with-scalding-water-wins-back-licence/story-fnitcyla-1226772538721

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/taxi-laws-fail-women/story-fni0ffsx-1226772490252



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