BURY Council has been awarded costs after a taxi driver who had his licence refused lost his court appeal.

Earlier this year a vehicle belonging to Hackney carriage driver Ajmal Khan failed its test at the council's Bradley Fold testing station.

The vehicle had notched up nine faults, exceeding the maximum of five faults permitted under council policy for vehicles over 10-years-old.

As a result members of the local authority's licensing panel refused to renew Mr Khan's licence at a hearing on March 7.

Mr Khan then appealed the decision, taking the case to court.

However, at a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on September 10, magistrates upheld the licensing panel's decision and awarded the council £1,000 in costs.