Chair invited Elaine Moreton, Section Leader, Licensing, and the
Applicant (MA) into the Hearing. The Chair led round-table
introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed.
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 MA was a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire
Vehicle Driver’s Licence due to the information outlined in
The Section Leader advised the
Sub-Committee that the new Council Guidelines relating to relevance
of convictions and breaches of licence conditions were now in place
and as a result, some of the dates within the report had changed.
The Section Leader confirmed the amended dates.
confirmed that the information contained within the report was
parties were invited to question the Section Leader on the report.
Elaine Moreton provided responses to questions asked.
Chair invited MA to make representations.
discussed the situation that led to the allegations being made
against him and he detailed his personal circumstances. He admitted
to plying for hire, which he deeply regretted, but stated the
allegations of assault were not true.
parties were invited to question MA on his submission.
response to questions from the Sub-Committee, Section Leader and
Solicitor, MA discussed his employment history as a Hackney
Carriage Driver and elaborated further on the situations that led
to the alleged assault.
Chair invited MA to make a final statement.
stated that the allegations of assault made against him were not
true and had ruined his life. He stated he was a good person and
needed work to support his family. He stated that apart from the
allegation of assault no other complaints had ever been made
against him whilst working as a taxi driver.
and the Section Leader left the room to allow the Sub-Committee to
determine the matter.
Chair invited all parties to return.
Chair detailed the decision of the Sub-Committee.
Having considered all the evidence presented at the Hearing,
both written and oral, the Sub-Committee resolved that the
applicant was a fit and proper person and therefore they determined
to depart from the guidelines and grant MA a Private Hire Vehicle
Driver’s Licence subject to the following:
- That the Applicant attended a Review Hearing before the
Licensing Sub-Committee after six months from grant of his
attending the six-month review hearing it would assist if the
Applicant wereto produce a letter of reference from the company he
was working for as to his performance as a private hire vehicle
driver whilst licensed.
Granting of the licence was also subject to MA passing the
knowledge test, a satisfactory medical, and producing documentation
of his immigration status/ right to work in the UK.
Senior 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