Here's a Vancouver taxi driver crying the blues over his taxi being
imounded. LOL! Sucka!
Black-top taxi owner Bryant Ibbetson wants changes to the new penalties handed out to excessive speeders — after losing his cab on a night when he wasn’t even behind the wheel.
The father of two faces the loss of a week’s income.
His cab was impounded for seven days when the driver he hired to operate it was stopped for going 40 kilometres over the speed limit in North Vancouver.
Describing the financial impact as significant, Ibbetson said: “It is a lot of money to lose. Between the day shift and the night shift, it is several thousand dollars in gross income.”
Ibbetson shares the cab with another owner. He runs the night shift and the other partner runs the day shift.
Ibbetson’s problems began when he took Monday night off to share Thanksgiving dinner with his family. At 1:30 a.m., he got a call from a Black Top dispatcher saying that his car had been impounded.
Under a new law that kicked in Sept. 20, a charge of excessive speeding triggers a mandatory seven-day impoundment for a first offence, a 30-day impoundment for a second and 60 days for subsequent excessive speeding offences within two years.
“This is unreasonable,” Ibbetson said.
“Is there another business in Canada that a government can shut down because one of its employees is caught speeding?”
Impoundment is done in addition to existing penalties, which include fines.
In the first week of the new rules, 72 speeders had their cars taken away for seven days.
Amrik Mahil, president of Black Top and Checker Cabs said the move “is of really great importance to us.”
Representatives of the company hope to meet with government officials about the issue as soon as possible.
“We are not asking for any special privileges,” he said.
Speeding while driving a taxi is not tolerated by the company, Mahil said. Internal disciplinary action is taken in such cases.
Steve Martin, B.C.’s superintendent of Motor Vehicles, said the law is the law.
“Generally speaking, there is no grey area here,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of the vehicle’s registered owner to ensure that anyone they allow to operate the vehicle has a valid driver’s licence, is not prohibited from driving and clearly understands what the rules of the road are.”
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