The Chair invited Elaine Moreton, Section
Leader (Licensing) and the Applicant (SH) into the Hearing, made
introductions and outlined the procedure to be
followed. SH confirmed understanding of
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,
5.1.10(b) and 5.1.3(b).
All parties were invited to
question the Section Leader (Licensing) on the report. No questions were asked.
SH confirmed that the
information contained within the report was accurate.
The Chair invited SH to make
With the agreement of the
Chair, SH circulated a character reference from his current
employer, KK Products & Foams Ltd, for whom he worked as a
SH said that he understood that
he had quite a few convictions and he made no excuses for
them. Having detailed 3 offences
committed as a minor, he stated the following regarding his adult
2008 – Gave a false
2010 – Whilst driving a
rented vehicle an unmarked Police car, with officers wearing hooded
sweatshirts, blocked him. Thinking he
was being car-jacked he drove away and jumped 2 red lights trying
to escape. When a marked Police car
arrived he pulled over straight away.
The Judge understood the position that he had been put
2011 – Drink driving
whilst banned. Again gave a false
name. That was his last driving
conviction and he had had a clean licence since then;
2012 – Burglary –
He, along with many others, had entered a cannabis factory that had
already been broken into, solely out of curiosity.
All parties were invited to
question the Applicant on his submission.
In response to questions from
the Sub-Committee, SH stated the following:
He had been driving his brother’s car for some
of his driving offences. One of which
was committed when he incorrectly believed that he had lost his
He had kept insurance costs as low as possible by
being a secondary driver on his brother’s policy;
He had committed an offence whilst subject to a
Regarding his drink driving conviction, at the time
he had felt that he was doing the right thing as his friends had
also been drinking. He had again given
the wrong name to the Police;
At least 8 people were arrested for entering the
cannabis factory. They had all been
together and had been bored as it was Ramadan and they had nothing
He was not the brightest of people but he had been
easily influenced when he was younger.
He had grown up since then, he was nearing 30 years of age, had a
wife and children and did not drink or smoke. He had stopped smoking cannabis in 2008 as it made
He did not view his driving offences lightly and
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