Venue: Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham
Contact: Democratic Services
Apologies (Agenda Item 1)
To receive apologies for absence.
Declaration of Interest (Agenda Item 2)
The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011. Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.
Councillor Duffield declared that he knew the Applicant’s prospective employer, but that he did not know the Applicant.
No other declarations were made.
The Chairman introduced herself, the Members of the Panel and the Officers. The Applicant confirmed that they did not object to the Member Trainer sitting in on the case for personal development purposes.
The Chairman then explained the procedure to the Applicant.
Exclusion of Press and Public (Agenda Item 4)
To consider passing the following resolution:
“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.
PART B – ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED
RESOLVED that under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.
Application for the grant of a Hackney Carriage / Private Hire drivers licence (Agenda Item 5)
Report of Executive Manager People & Public Protection, Phillip Adams.
The Applicant and their prospective employer were present for the Hearing.
The Licensing Officer presented the report and advised that the Licensing Manager had requested information from the Applicant’s previous GP as the Applicant had only recently moved to Norfolk. A letter had been received from the GP confirming that the Applicant had had no medical issues.
The Applicant explained that they had previously driven taxis for three years with no problems or offences. They had moved to Norfolk and taken up other employment. However, due to family circumstances they now wished to return to taxi driving.
The prospective employer confirmed that a position was available for the Applicant and that they had been honest about the points on their licence when applying for work.
Councillor Martin asked the Applicant to explain the six points on the licence.
The Applicant had been doing driving work for an agency which involved using the agency’s vehicle. After leaving the company they had received a letter regarding a driving offence. They had attempted to get confirmation from the agency about whether they had been driving the vehicle at the time but the agency had not responded. In the meantime a subsequent letter had arrived regarding the failure to notify the police of who had been driving the vehicle. A second attempt to get information from the agency had failed and the Applicant had decided to accept the penalty which had been three points for each offence and a large fine.
The Chairman asked for clarification of the Applicant’s HGV status. It was explained that they had an HGV licence but had not been employed as an HGV driver at the time of the application.
The Solicitor questioned the Applicant about the fact that they had stated they had no convictions. The Applicant had thought the question related to criminal convictions, not driving offences.
In summing up, the Applicant explained that they had not tried to conceal the points on their Licence which had been presented to the Council at the time of applying for a taxi licence and the Officer had been advised of the points.
The Solicitor accepted that there was potential ambiguity due to the wording on the application form. The Applicant apologised for their mistake.
The Applicant, their prospective employer, the Licensing Officer and the Member Trainer left the room whilst the Panel made their deliberations and were then invited back to hear the decision.
RESOLVED to ... view the full minutes text for item 5.