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Private Hire Driver Licence Applications for Grant (Exclusion Paragraphs 1 and 7)

Report of the Director of Economic Growth


The Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services submitted a report (previously circulated) to give consideration to an application for the grant of a private hire driver licence in the light of previous convictions.


The driver attended the meeting and responded to Members questions in relation to the above, and to why they felt that they were a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Driver Licence


In reaching their decision, Members took into consideration the Council’s Licensing Policy, which sets out the Council’s stance on the Relevance of Convictions, Cautions and Endorseable Fixed Penalties and in assessing whether an applicant is a fit and proper person; and Section 51 (1)(a) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.


During the meeting Members were made aware that the driver had been involved in three driving related incidents in 2016 and although they had a conviction for the September 2016 offence they were not prosecuted for the offences in February and August 2016 as the police officer present told the Sub-Committee that they had been unable to trace the driver within the 6 month time frame that they had to prosecute you, and therefore they could not take any further action. 


After careful consideration Members decided to refuse the application as they did not feel that the driver was a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Driver Licence. They agreed that although the driver had not been convicted of the offences in February and August 2016, they admitted to the Sub-Committee that they had committed those offences.   Members could therefore not accept the explanation that they had not received the letters from police regarding the incidents in February and September 2016.  The driver also did not disclose these incidents on their application form and one came to light when the Council conducted a check with the DVLA and the other two when the police officer at the meeting advised the Members and Members therefore felt that this indicated that the driver was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.


RESOLVED That the application be refused as the Committee did not consider the applicant to be a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Driver Licence.



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