A blind man whose guide dog was hit by a reversing taxi has been told HE may face a claim for damages from the driver.
Mike Gurney, 69, was being lead by his German Shepherd Emma on a shopping trip when the cab mounted the curb and knocked into them.
Emma fell against Mike’s leg and he reached out and tapped the car twice and yelled out for the driver to stop.
He reported the incident to police and a passing woman said she would be a witness.
But police have since said they will take no action as the cab mounted the pavement over a dropped curb.
And now Mike has been told he could face a claim from the cabbie’s insurance for a dent caused when he hit the car.
But this week he received a call saying there would be no charge because it was “a lawful manoeuvre.”
Mike, of Deanshanger, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks., said: “How can it be legal to reverse onto a pavement and hit a guide dog?
“If it had been a toddler or someone not too steady on their feet it could have been a lot worse.
“It was possible the cabbie would continue reversing if I hadn’t stopped it.
“Even if it was lawful it can never be right to reverse into a person.”
A female passer-by who witnessed the event has since written a letter of complaint to the taxi company.
Mike has insurance for guide dog Emma, he said: “It is unfair for them to have to fork out for this when that money could be going towards training more guide dogs.”
Mike rushed Emma to the vet after the incident in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynesm, Bucks, on the August bank holiday weekend and was told she had suffered bruising.
But Mike, who is registered blind and doesn’t work, is worried the mental trauma could affect her career as a guide dog.
He said: “She is only 22-months-old and the accident happened five and a half weeks after I had her. It could have a devastating effect.
“She was quiet and subdued afterwards and now she is a little bit more aware of traffic.
“But if she becomes frightened all of her training will go out of the window.”
A police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported to police.