The Assistant Director of Community Protection submitted an exempt report in connection with an application for a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 2912, where circumstances had arisen which required special consideration by the Committee.
The Chair introduced those present and outlined the procedure to be followed. The applicant verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
The Principal Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the circumstances of the case relating to the offences detailed at (1) to (12) and 15 convictions/cautions for juvenile offences relating to dishonesty and motoring which occurred between February 1997 and January 2003.
The applicant confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of the facts. The applicant presented his case and responded to questions from Members of the Committee.
It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the applicant and officers of the Council, other than representatives of the Councils Legal Services and Members Office, withdrew whilst the Committee determined the application.
Subsequently all interested parties returned and the Chair announced the Committees decision.
ORDERED that the application for a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref No 29/12, be refused for the following reasons:-
The Council's Policy Guidance in relation to drug-related offences states that an applicant convicted of a serious offence or more than one offence involving drugs will normally be refused, or have their licence revoked, unless a period of at least 5 - 10 years free from conviction had elapsed since the date of conviction, completion of any sentence imposed or detoxification treatment, whichever is the latter. The applicants last conviction was dated 20 April 2011 and although Members acknowledged that the applicant had made a sincere effort to reform his behaviour they considered that he needed to have a longer period free from convictions before applying for a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.
The applicant was reminded of his right of appeal to the Magistrates Court within 21 days from the date of the decision.