The Chair invited Elaine Moreton, Section
Leader, Licensing, and the Private Hire Vehicle Operator (AD) into
the Hearing. AD was accompanied his mother and
Solicitor, Mr Anthony Schiller. The Chair led round-table
introductions and outlined the procedure to be followed.
Section Leader, Licensing, outlined the report regarding a review
prior to renewal of a Private Hire Vehicle
Operator’s Licence, which had been
circulated to all parties in advance of the meeting. The matter had
been referred to the Sub-Committee for consideration to be given as
to whether AD was a fit and proper person to
hold a Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s Licence due
to the information outlined in the
parties were invited to question the Section Leader on the report.
Elaine Moreton provided responses to questions asked.
The Chair invited AD to make
Mr Schiller made
representations on behalf of his client. He discussed AD’s
employment history as a Private Hire Vehicle
Driver and Operator and stated
that AD had made mistakes due to lack of experience. Mr Schiller
detailed the situations that led to the breach of licence
conditions and explained how AD had addressed these. He stated AD
was a fit and proper person to hold a Private
Hire Vehicle Operator’s Licence and had learnt from his
Schiller requested that the Sub-Committee received a number of
supporting press articles relating to his client. The Sub-Committee
agreed to the request (copies filed with these minutes).
All parties were invited to
question AD and Mr Schiller on the submission.
response to questions asked, AD and Mr Schiller elaborated further
on the situations that lead to the breach of licence conditions and
discussed further how AD had put measures in place to ensure they
would not happen again.
Chair invited AD to make a final statement and Mr Schiller did so
on behalf of his client. He stated that AD had made mistakes but
had made significant investments and changes to his business model
to address them.
Mr Schiller and the Section Leader left the room to allow the
Sub-Committee to determine the matter.
Chair invited all parties to return.
The Chair detailed the decision of the
Sub-Committee which was read out by the Senior
The Sub-Committee considered all the evidence
presented at the Hearing, both written and oral and having
considered all the information presented, the Licensing
Sub-Committee did not find AD to be a fit and proper person to hold
a Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s Licence.
In accordance with Sections 55 and 62 of the
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and paragraphs
5.1.19 and 5.1.25 of the Council’s guidelines the
Sub-Committee decided that the application for renewal was refused.
It was noted that the licence granted on 30.10.17 expired on
29.10.18 and therefore review of that licence was not necessary and
renewal only had been determined. Full reasons for the decision
would be detailed in a decision letter forwarded to AD.
The 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 decision.