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Taxi Cab Owner fined $850 for Drive Clean Violation

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Taxi Cab Owner fined $850 for Drive Clean Violation

Convicted - Abdulmalik Zakeria

Court Location - Whitby Court

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to comply with a ministry order by not confirming with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that the terms of the order had been complied with.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about November 1, 2017 and ending on or about December 5, 2017.

Date of Conviction - February 6, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Abdulmalik Zakeria was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act relevant to the Drive Clean legislation, and was fined $850 plus a victim fine surcharge of $212.50 and was given 250 days to pay.

Background - 

  • On September 20, 2017, ministry staff performed an inspection of a 2013 Ford Taurus, being operated as a taxi cab in Toronto.
  • The inspection included an on board diagnostic scan. During the inspection it was observed that the crankcase valve was broken.  An error code was noted and the check engine light was illuminated. A ministry order was issued to the owner, Mr. Zakeria.
  • The order required a number of elements to be satisfied by October 31, 2017, and to immediately cease using the vehicle. Ministry follow-up indicated that two drive clean tests were performed on the vehicle, and that these tests resulted in fails. The Ministry received information that the vehicle was on the road until at least December 5, 2017. No update was provided to the ministry confirming compliance with the order, as required.
  • An investigation resulted in one charge being laid which resulted in one conviction.

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