Application for suspension or revocation of private hire / hackney carriage drivers licence (PS)
29 Application for suspension or revocation of private hire / hackney carriage drivers licence (Agenda Item 11)
Report of the Assistant Director Community.
The Committee heard the application in accordance with the Council’s agreed procedures.
The Hearing took place in the presence of the Applicant, a Licensing Officer and Mr L Parker, the Council’s Solicitor.
The Chairman made introductions and explained the procedures.
The Licensing Officer presented the report which asked Members to consider whether a driver was a fit and proper person to continue to hold a Hackney Carriage / Private Hire drivers’ licence in view of their conviction for a motoring offence.
The Chairman sought clarification of the date of conviction and it was confirmed that the driver had been away on holiday at the time of the conviction and sentencing had been adjourned to a later date so that they could be present. The Council had been notified of the offence, by the driver, shortly after that.
The Applicant explained the circumstances of the incident which had led to the conviction. He had been given five penalty points on his licence and a fine and had paid the insurance excess.
Additional information had been provided by a customer stressing the important role that the driver played in providing transport for a special needs child.
The Applicant and the Licensing Officers were asked to leave the room whilst the Committee made their deliberation. They were later invited back to hear the Committee’s decision.
The Chairman advised the Applicant that it was the Committee’s view that he had been sufficiently punished already by the fine, points and payment of the excess. However, they did not take the offence lightly and warned the Applicant to be very careful when driving in future.
RESOLVED to take no further action.