Broadway Cab Driver's License Revoked
Freeway where they got out
August 21, 2013, 4:25 pm
By Jeremy Scott & Jim Ferretti
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The license of the Broadway Cab driver who dropped off a lesbian couple and their friend on the side of Interstate 84 last month has been revoked.
The driver said the passengers were abusive and there's no evidence that he was homophobic or kicked them out because they're gay.
Ahmed Egal's license with the city was revoked because he failed to meet code requirements that drivers take passengers to their destination by the most direct, safest route.
The city says because Egal stopped on the side of the freeway and the passengers got out, he was in violation of city code.
"Mr. Egal is not cooperating with the investigation by not responding to requests for information," said Regulatory Division Manager Kathleen Butler.
"Mr. Egal has also indicated that he does not believe he is responsible to take passengers safely to their destination," Butler added.
The taxi company has been fined $1,000 for not meeting the minimum standards for taxi cab companies.
Raye Miles, President of Broadway Cab released this statement:
"This is of course not the decision we were hoping for so certainly we are disappointed. We launched our own internal investigation on the incident and based on the information received we were headed toward a different conclusion. We believe the 911 call of the incident tells a different story. We understand the process and the important role the City plays in regulating our industry. We will comply with the city and will do everything we can to address the concerns, and continue to be committed to diversity and safety for all 380 of our independent drivers and passengers."