A PRIVATE hire car driver has been accused of three counts of sexual assault.

The driver’s licence has been suspended by Glasgow City Council following a complaint from Police Scotland.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone recommended the suspension and a police representative said the man is “no longer a fit and proper person to hold a licence”.

The driver, who we have not named for legal reasons, has also been accused of assault, Police Scotland told licensing chiefs.

The incidents allegedly happened in November 2017 and in May this year. However, they were not reported to officers until earlier this month.

The police representative told the licensing committee how the driver allegedly sexually assaulted a woman, who is aged over 16, assaulting her by pushing her to the ground.

She said he has also been accused of two further counts of sexual assault at a later date. The driver was likely to be a “serious threat to public safety” if he was allowed to continue driving, the officer added.

The accused intends to plead not guilty, his brother, who attended the meeting on his behalf, told the licensing committee.

Councillors ruled the driver’s licence, which was due to run until June 2021, should be suspended for the unexpired portion of its duration.

It had initially been suspended for six weeks following a complaint from Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone on June 6.

Councillors on the committee made no comment on the case as it is sub judice.

A licensing authority can suspend a licence if the holder is “no longer a fit and proper person” or is “likely to cause undue public nuisance or a threat to public order or public safety”.