The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with a Review of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 54/14, 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 verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
The matter was previously considered by Members at the Licensing Committee held on 3 November 2014 and on that occasion, Members had requested that the driver be re-interviewed by the Licensing Section to obtain clarification on some of the information contained in the Committee report.
The Senior Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the circumstances of the case in relation to the offences detailed at 1) and 2) in the submitted report. The driver confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of the facts and was invited to address the Committee.
The driver addressed the Committee and responded to questions from Members of the Committee and the Senior Licensing Officer.
It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the driver 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 Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 54/14, be retained but that the driver be issued with a warning in relation to his future conduct for the following reason:
Of the 9 points that the driver had accumulated on his licence, none of the points related to his standard of driving. The Committee therefore did not consider that the Driver Improvement Scheme would be of any benefit to the driver.
The driver was reminded of the requirement to ensure that he had the appropriate vehicle insurance in place at all times.
In making their decision, Members had taken into consideration the information contained in the report and the representations from the driver.