The Chair invited Elaine Moreton, Section
Leader, Licensing, and the Applicant (GA) into the Hearing. GA was
accompanied by his friend and representative, Mr Hussain. The Chair
led round-table introductions and outlined the procedure to be
The Section Leader, Licensing, outlined the
report regarding an application for a Private Hire Vehicle
Driver’s Licence, which had been circulated to all parties in
advance of the meeting. The matter had been referred to the
Sub-Committee by an authorised employee of the council for further
consideration to be given as to whether GA was a fit and proper
person to hold a Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licence due to
the information outlined in the report.
GA confirmed that the information contained
within the report was accurate.
All parties were invited to question the
Section Leader on the report. Elaine Moreton
provided responses to questions asked.
The Chair invited GA to make
Mr Hussain made representations on behalf of
GA. He acknowledged the extensive list of convictions held by GA
but stated they had happened a long time ago and GA had not
committed any offences since. He explained that GA had been young
and fallen into the wrong crowd but was now a changed person and
All parties were invited to question Mr
Hussain and GA on the submission.
In response to questions asked, Mr Hussain and
GA stated that he had learnt from his mistakes and elaborated
further on how he had changed.
Mr Hussain requested that the Sub-Committee
received character references for GA. The Sub-Committee agreed to
the request (copies filed with these minutes).
The Chair invited Mr Hussain and GA to make a
Mr Hussain stated that GA was a changed person
and wanted to move forward with the life and support his
GA, Mr Hussain and the Section Leader left the
room to allow the Sub-Committee to determine the matter.
The Chair invited all parties to return.
The Chair detailed the decision of the
That having considered all the evidence both
written and oral, provided at the hearing, the Sub-Committee was
not satisfied that GA was a fit and proper person and therefore, in
accordance with Section 51 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1976, a Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licence
was not granted. This decision was made in accordance with
paragraphs 5.1.3(b) and 5.1.13(b) of the guidelines relating to the
relevance of convictions and breaches of licence conditions agreed
by the Licence Committee on 20 March 2019.
The Solicitor detailed the applicant’s
right of appeal to the Magistrates’ Court against the
decision of the Sub-Committee, within 21 days of receipt of the
decision, and the potential costs of doing so.