The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with a Review of Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 015/15, 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 accompanied by his brother, verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the 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.
The Licensing Enforcement Officer in connection with Offence 2) detailed in the report was invited into the room to present his Statement of Case to the Committee. The Licensing Enforcement Officer presented his Statement of Case. As there were no questions from the driver or Members of the Committee in respect of the officer's Statement, the officer was invited to leave the room.
The Chair invited the driver to address the Committee in support of his case. The driver, assisted by his brother 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 his brother 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 Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 015/15 be suspended for three weeks with immediate effect, for the following reasons:-
The Committee decided to suspend the licence for three weeks with immediate effect because it considered that the driver posed a risk or danger to the travelling public because of his offences involving public safety issues particularly in relation to defective tyres.
The driver was reminded of his Right of Appeal to the Magistrates Court within 21 days, however, he was also reminded that, as the suspension was with immediate effect, he was prohibited from driving taxis during any appeal period.