The Chair invited Elaine Moreton, Section
Leader (Licensing) and the Applicant (AH) into the Hearing, made
introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed.
The Section Leader (Licensing), outlined the
report regarding an application for a Private Hire Driver Licence,
which had been circulated to all parties in advance of the
meeting. The matter had been referred
to the Sub-Committee in accordance with Guidelines Relating to
Relevance of Convictions and Breaches of Licence Conditions,
specifically paragraph 5.1.10(b).
All parties were invited to
question the Section Leader (Licensing) on the report. No questions were asked.
SR confirmed that the
information contained within the report was accurate but pointed
out that the two convictions from 2009 related to the same
SR said that the incident that
led to his convictions for the possession of an offensive weapon
and the use of disorderly behaviour or words had been the result of
him intervening in an argument between his brother and another
man. He was only in possession of a
crooklock as he had taken it off his brother.
All parties were invited to
question the Applicant on his submission.
In response to questions from
the Sub-Committee, SR stated the following:
The 2002 conviction for destroying property was for
accidently breaking a window whilst playing football;
He no longer held a PHVD Licence with Dudley MBC as
he had not renewed it;
He had chosen to apply to Wolverhampton as there
were too many taxi bases in Stourbridge, where he
lived. He also hoped to work for 24/7
Cars, who had a base in Wolverhampton;
He had been working as Security at New Cross
Hospital for the past year and was SIA registered;
The incident for which he was convicted in 2009 had
taught him not to get involved in other peoples’
problems. Should an incident occur if
he was granted a Licence he would attempt to calm the situation by
speaking to the perpetrators before calling the Police if
necessary. Working at New Cross he had
experience of dealing with aggressive situations.
In response to a question from
the Section Leader (Licensing),
SR and the Section Leader
(Licensing) left the room to allow the Sub-Committee to determine
The Chair invited SR and the
Section Leader (Licensing) back into the Hearing.
The Chair detailed the decision
of the Sub-Committee, which was read out in full by J. Bramley,
That, having considered all the evidence presented at the Hearing,
both written and oral, the Sub-Committee agree to grant a Private
Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licence for a period of 12
months. The Licence is subject to SR
passing the knowledge test and a satisfactory medical, if he
hasn’t already done so. The
Licence is also subject to review by Licensing Services in six
Applicant has a right of appeal, against the decision of the
Sub-Committee, to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of
receipt of this decision.
The Senior Solicitor detailed the appeals
process as well as ...
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