Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Norfolk Room, Elizabeth House, Dereham

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

Welcome and Introductions

Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen and Alex Elliott, from the Democratic Services Team, were in attendance to observe the meeting.

6.

Apologies (Agenda item 1)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

 

7.

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.

 

Minutes:

None.

 

8.

Procedures (Agenda item 3) pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Minutes:

Noted.

 

9.

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 items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

 

PART B – ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED 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 items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

10.

Consideration of suspension or revocation of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (Agenda item 5)

Report of the Executive Manager for People & Public Protection, Phillip Adams.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licence Holder was invited into the room.  The Chairman introduced the Panel Members and the Officers in attendance and explained the procedures.

 

The Licensing Officer presented the report.  Penalty points had been accrued on the licence within a 12 month period.  The Licensing Team had been notified immediately when notification of the fixed penalty points had been received.

 

The Licence Holder was given the opportunity to put his case forward and explained the circumstances of how these speeding offences had come about.  The first offence happened in Yorkshire and as he was making the return journey he got lost and had to rely on his Sat Nav that unfortunately displayed an incorrect speed limit and was caught by a Police Officer with a speed gun. The second instance was nearer to home and he was not aware that the speed limit changed from 40mph to 30mph and was caught driving at 38mph. He apologised for his failures and explained that he relied on his business to make a living and was the sole provider for his family.

 

The Licence Holder 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 Committee had considered all the circumstances and it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    no further action be taken;

2.    a formal warning letter be sent to the Licence Holder; and

3.    any future offences be reported accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

11.

Consideration of suspension or revocation of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence (Agenda item 6)

Report of the Executive Manager for People & Public Protection, Phillip Adams.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licence Holder was invited into the room.  The Chairman introduced the Panel Members and the Officers in attendance and explained the procedures.

 

The Licensing Officer presented the report.  Penalty points had been accrued on their licence within a 12 month period.  The Licensing Team had been notified immediately when notification of the fixed penalty points had been received.

 

The Licence Holder was given the opportunity to put his case forward and explained the circumstances of how these speeding offences had come about.  The Licence Holder had held his licence for many years and throughout that time had received no driving convictions.  The first offence happened on the way back from the airport, the passengers had been dropped off but he had to make a return journey as the said passengers had left without the necessary documentation including their passports.  Another fare had previously been scheduled but this had to be passed on to another driver who unfortunately could not find the address and had phoned the Licence Holder to get directions whilst he was passing through a speed restricted area.  The second offence occurred on the M25 and again no passengers were on board at the time.  The Licence Holder classed himself as a safe and experienced driver and was often complimented by his clients who were very happy with the service he provided.  Councillor Martin asked the Licence Holder how often he drove on the M25.  In response, the Licence Holder informed the Panel that he had spent half his life driving on this particular motorway but with the variable speed limits in place it had been difficult to reduce the speed at which he was driving due to the traffic being bumper to bumper.  He informed Members that his limiter was always set at 60mph but reducing speed to 40mph amongst a great deal of traffic was very difficult.

 

The Licence Holder 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 Committee had considered all the circumstances and a suspension of his licence had been considered; however, due to the fact that no other driving offences had occurred during his length of service; it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    no further action be taken;

2.    a formal warning letter be sent to the Licence Holder; and

3.    any future offences be reported accordingly