An Uber driver has been caught on video refusing to let a guide dog into his car.

Colin Perreira, 24, of Hemel Hempstead, ordered an Uber to pick him up from outside Watford Junction train station on June 27 last year.

But when Mr Perreira, who is partially sighted and has a guide dog, walks up to the blue BMW on Station Road, the driver straightaway tells him he is going to pass him to another driver.

In the video, Mr Perreira asks the driver why, to which he replies: "I ain't going to take the dog."

The partially-sighted man asks for more clarification and tells him he can't say no. But the driver replies, "It's my car, mate."

The driver insists he has "the power to" refuse to take him. He adds, "You can't tell me what to do," after Mr Perreira recites the law on accepting guide dogs.

The video ends with the man driving away from the scene.

Mohammed Hafiz Raja, of Trinity Hall Close in Watford, was found guilty of breaching the Equality Act at Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 13.

He did not appear in court, and in his absence, he was found guilty.

The judge fined Raja £850, ordered him to pay £788 in costs towards Transport for London, and told him to pay a victim surcharge of £85.

This is the fifth time Mr Perreira has taken this type of case to court, and he has won every time.

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Colin Perreira

Mr Perreira, who ordered the Uber to his father's house in Kings Langley, says he routinely films his exchanges with cab drivers because so many have turned him away,

He said: "What angered me most this time is the driver was so blatant in his refusal. Sometimes, drivers give medical or religious reasons.

"But this was the most blatant refusal I'd ever had. He didn't have a reason. I told him I'd report him and he said he didn't want a dog in his car.

"It's important to prosecute these people, even if it takes around six months. I feel like I am standing up for the disabled people and guide dog owners. I want to show that we won't tolerate this behaviour and that we will stand up to it."

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Sid, the guide dog

Mr Perreira says the four previous prosecutions also involved Uber drivers, but has defended his decision to continue using the company after he said he was criticised by people on social media.

He said: "I still use Uber because it is easy, convenient, and cheaper. But also, by using someone else, I'm letting the drivers win. I feel I should be able to use the same service as everyone else. Why should I change?"

Mr Perreira added he was grateful for the action taken by Uber and Transport for London but said the ride-hailing company could be more "proactive" to prevent incidents like this instead of reacting to them when they happen.

A spokesman for Uber said: "It is totally unacceptable for drivers to refuse to take a guide dog and we investigate every report.

"Any driver who is found to have refused to take a service animal will permanently lose access to the app."