The Assistant Director of Development and Planning Services submitted an exempt report in connection with a Review of Combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 26/14, where circumstances had arisen which required special consideration by the Committee.
The Chair introduced those present and outlined the procedure to be followed. The driver, who was in attendance at the meeting, verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
Members were advised that the application had been due to be considered at the Licensing Committee held on 30 June 2014, however prior to the meeting the driver had contacted the Licensing Office to advise that he would be on holiday for two weeks and would be unable to attend the meeting. Members had therefore deferred the matter to the following meeting.
The Principal Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the details of the offences detailed at 1) to 3) in the submitted report. Members were advised that three of the points that were originally on the driver's licence had expired and as a consequence, the driver only had six points on his licence.
The applicant confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of the facts and was invited to address the Committee. The applicant addressed the Committee 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 Council's Legal Services and Members' Office, withdrew whilst the Committee determined the application.
Subsequently all interested parties returned and the Chair announced the Committee's decision.
ORDERED that Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 26/14, be retained but that the driver be issued with a warning in relation to his future conduct for the following reasons:-
1. Of the 9 points the driver had accumulated on his licence, only 6 points had been in relation to his standard of driving, the other 3 had been for a defective tyre. Members noted that the driver currently only had six points on his licence and the Committee did not consider that the Driver Improvement Scheme would be of any benefit to the driver.
2. The driver had held a Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence for over 22 years and this was the first time he had appeared before the Committee.
In making their decision, Members had taken into consideration the information contained in the report and the representations from the driver.