The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with an Application for a Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence: Ref No: 04/16, 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 accompanied by his legal representative and his brother, verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
The matter was due to be considered by Members at the Licensing Committee held on 25 January 2016, however on that occasion, the Applicant's brother had contacted the Licensing Section prior to the meeting to advise that he wanted legal representation for his brother and his legal representative was unable to attend. Members therefore chose to defer the matter to the next available meeting.
The Senior Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the circumstances of the case in relation to the history of the application and testing process in respect of the applicant. The applicant confirmed that the report was correct.
The Chair invited the applicant, assisted by his legal representative and his brother to present his case. The applicant responded to questions from Members of the Committee.
It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the driver, his legal representative and his brother, and officers of the Council, other than representatives of the Councils Legal Services and Members Office, withdrew whilst the Committee determined the review.
Subsequently all interested parties returned and the Chair announced the Committees decision.
ORDERED that the Application for Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence: Ref No: 04/16 be deferred to the next meeting of the Committee to enable an assessment of the vulnerability of the applicant to be carried out by a qualified officer of the Council, and for the Committee to seek internal advice on the extent of its statutory duties in relation to safeguarding.
Once the assessment had been completed, a report detailing the outcome would be submitted to the next meeting of the Licensing Committee to enable Members to make a final decision in respect of the application.