Nova Scotia

Cab driver says he was fined for doing his job

A Halifax taxi driver is fighting a traffic violation in court, complaining that police saddled him with a ticket for doing his job.

Ahmad Miri picked up a passenger in the middle of Argyle Street

Ahmad Miri said he was ticketed last December for stopping in the middle of a packed Argyle Street to pick up a fare. (CBC)

A Halifax taxi driver is fighting a traffic violation in court, complaining that police saddled him with a ticket for doing his job.

Ahmad Miri said he was ticketed last December for stopping in the middle of a packed Argyle Street to pick up a fare.

"If he gives me the ticket he should give [them] to another 100 cab drivers because everyone is picking up and dropping off in the middle of the street," he said.

Miri is fighting the ticket in court.

The Halifax Taxi Association said in the last 12 months four of its members have received similar tickets.

President Dave Buffett said it’s an abuse of power.

"Somebody opened the door and hopped into his cab. The ticket is that he did not pull over to the curb. He had no opportunity to pull over to the curb I think the police officer made a poor judgement call," he said.

Miri’s case was adjourned on Wednesday because the officer who handed him the ticket didn't show up.

He said despite the amount of time and effort it takes him to fight the $169 ticket he's not giving up.

"It’s because this ticket was not right for me and second of all I cannot afford to pay this amount of money," he said.

The matter was adjourned until January.

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