Taxi driver suspended, ordered to repay city
An Ottawa taxi driver is suspended for six months and will repay the city thousands of dollars after he was exposed for abusing the city's taxi chit program during last year's OC Transpo strike.
Awais Mohamed Hassan is one of two taxi drivers who submitted unusually large bills during the transit strike. Those bills included inaccurate pick-up and drop-off locations, incorrect dates and insufficient customer information.
Hassan and another driver who shared the same vehicle claimed almost $25,000 in fares while the city's taxi chit program was in place over a three-week period last winter, the city's licensing committee heard on Monday.
Hassan will now repay the city $12,000 in installments over the next year.