The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with the review of Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 48/15, 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 in attendance at the meeting, 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 in relation to the offences detailed at 1) and 2) in the submitted report.
Members were reminded that the matter was due to be considered at the Licensing Committee on 14 December 2015, however, the driver had contacted the Licensing Section prior to the meeting to advise that he was unable to attend. Members, therefore, chose to defer the matter to the next available meeting.
The driver was first licensed with the Council in August 2009 and had not been required to appear before Members previously. The driver had never received any complaints in relation to his standard of driving or his behaviour.
The driver was interviewed by the Senior Licensing Officer on 25 November 2015 at which time he confirmed that there were no outstanding matters of which the Council was unaware, confirmed that the fine in relation to the offences had been paid and offered explanations in relation to the offences detailed at 1) and 2).
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.
It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the driver 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 Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref 48/15, be retained but that the driver be required to complete the Driver Improvement Scheme, at his own expense, within 12 weeks.
The Councils policy guidance on convictions, cautions and complaints stated that a driver with nine or more penalty points on their DVLA licence would be expected to complete the Driver Improvement Scheme. The driver currently had nine points on his DVLA licence.
It was highlighted that the driver would only be returned to Committee should he fail to complete the course within 12 weeks or if he failed to complete the course to a satisfactory standard.