New Brunswick

Fredericton cab driver under investigation for alleged assault

The owner of a Fredericton taxi company says he fired a driver after police launched an investigation into the man over an alleged assault of a young female passenger, but the driver then immediately tried to work for another cab company.

ABC Taxi owner says driver was fired after police opened assault investigation involving young female

A sexual asssault case against Haifax taxi driver Milad Houssen stemming from a July 2016 incident was dismissed this week in Halifax provincial court because the complainant has moved to London, England and did not wish to testify. (CBC)

The owner of a Fredericton taxi company says he fired a driver after police launched an investigation into the man over an alleged assault of a young female passenger, but the driver then immediately tried to work for another cab company.

The Fredericton Police Force confirms it's investigating an assault case involving a cab driver that happened earlier this month.

Rabih Alam, owner of ABC Taxi and Limo and Trius Taxi, said he made sure the man, who was working for ABC, won't be driving cabs in the city

"He's not on the road anymore," said Alam.

"He tried to work for somebody else, we called them ... and said this guy has a problem."

Alam said the driver had been working at the company for a year and a half and there were never any complaints against him.

Alycia Bartlett, a spokesperson for the Fredericton Police, said the file is now with the Crown. 

He's not on the road anymore.- Rabih Alam, owner of ABC Taxi and Limo

CBC News contacted the Crown prosecutors office, but was unable to obtain any more information on the case.

Alam said he found out about the incident after police and the victim's mother contacted the company.

"We were surprised," said Alam.

It's not clear how long the driver continued working for the company before he was let go.

The city's taxi bylaw states a driver must complete a police check, but a person can still drive a cab after being charged. A driver is eligible to resume operating a taxi six months after a summary offence and five years after indictable offence convictions.

Alam said ABC Taxi and Limo is looking into installing cameras in its cabs to ensure more security for passengers and drivers.

The cab owner said he would consider employing the driver again if his name is cleared in court.