Issue - meetings

Application to renew Hackney Carriage / Private Hire drivers licence

Meeting: 03/02/2017 - Licensing Hearing Panel (Item 5)

5 Application to renew Hackney Carriage / Private Hire drivers licence


The Licence Holder was invited into the room, along with his Manager.  The Chairman introduced the Panel Members and Officers in attendance and explained the procedures.


The Licensing Officer presented the report.  The Licence holder had applied to renew his licence however a conviction was shown on the enhanced certificate which the Licensing Team had not been informed of.


The Licence Holder was given the opportunity to put his case forward and explained he was in receipt of benefits and aware that he could work up to 19 hours per week.  He had been informed that the hours worked only counted when customers were in the car.  However, the Benefits Agency had since told him it included sitting on the rank and so therefore he admitted he had worked more hours that he was entitled. 


This meant he was in receipt of benefits which he was not entitled to claim and resulted in an overpayment of benefits. He was not aware that this was a conviction which had been made under court proceedings; and therefore did not inform the Licensing Team.

The Licence Holder’s Manager added that as the owner of the company he should have been aware that the Licensing team should be informed of any convictions, and as a result is working more closely with the Licensing Team.


The Licence Holder completed the application form with an Officer from the Licensing Team.  He said ‘same as last time’s application, nothing new within last 3 years’ should be added to the application.  In addition, he did not inform the Licensing Team of 3 Penalty points that had been issued in May 2016.


The Licence Holder’s Manager informed the Panel that if there was to be a suspension he would lose a contract which would result in the Licence Holder losing his job.


The Licence Holder confirmed there were no matters pending.


The Licence Holder with his Manager, and the Licensing Officer left the room whilst the Panel made its determination.  They were then invited back to hear the decision.


The Chairman advised the Licence Holder that the Panel had considered the circumstances and requested that further evidence of contracts were provided to the panel so they could be satisfied the contracts were binding.  It was:


RESOLVED that the Panel had received new information and therefore adjourned the hearing until a future date to be advised.