Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-committee - Monday, 21st December, 2020 2.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations were made.

2.

Exempt Information

It is recommended that members of the public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following item on the grounds that it will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that members of the public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following item on the grounds that it would involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and it was considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

3.

Review of Driver's Licence in Accordance with Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

To review a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Combined Driver’s Licence in accordance with the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Chair of the Sub-committee will ask the parties present to introduce themselves and will explain the procedure to be followed in considering this matter.

 

An exempt report of the Licensing Manager is enclosed for the Sub-committee’s consideration.

Minutes:

Considered an exempt report of the Licensing Manager to review a Driver’s Licence in accordance with the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (item 3 on the agenda filed with these minutes).

 

The following parties/officers attended:

 

Licensing Manager

Licensing Enforcement Officer (PR)

Licensing Assistant (CP)

 

The Driver and the Driver’s representative.

 

Legal Advisor to the Sub-committee (LG, Freeths)

 

Information Development Manager

Democratic Services Manager

Democratic Services Officer (LS)

 

The Licensing Manager presented the exempt report.  There were no questions to her from the other parties present.

 

The Driver’s representative presented the Driver’s case and answered a question from a member of the Sub-committee.  There were no other questions to him from the other parties present.  The Driver’s representative made a brief closing statement.

 

The Sub-committee left the meeting to give the matter full and detailed consideration in private so as to come to a decision, accompanied by the Legal Advisor (for the purposes only of advising on the law and on suitable wording for the Sub-committee’s decision). 

 

On return to the meeting by all parties, the Legal Advisor read out the Licensing Sub-committee’s decision on its behalf.  The Driver’s would also be sent that decision in writing.  The right of appeal to the Magistrates Court was outlined.

 

RESOLVED that the Driver’s Licence be revoked.

 

Reason  

 

The Sub-committee considered carefully the evidence submitted and what action would be appropriate, concluding that the action set out above was appropriate to its principal aim of ensuring public safety.  The Driver’s Licence holder had not complied with the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy such that he could not be deemed fit and proper to hold a Driver’s Licence.