The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with the review of Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 15/16, where circumstances had arisen which required special consideration by the Committee.
The Chair introduced those present and outlined the procedure to be followed. The applicant, who was in attendance at the meeting, verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
The application was due to be considered by Members at the meeting of the Licensing Committee scheduled for 14 March 2016, however on that occasion, the applicant had failed to attend and the Committee decided to defer the matter to the next meeting.
The Senior Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the circumstances of the case in relation to a complaint received from a complainant regarding the standard of the applicant's driving during an incident that occurred on 20 November 2015. The applicant confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of the facts.
The complainant had provided footage taken from the dashboard camera of his vehicle which showed the incident taking place and the Chair invited Members of the Committee and the applicant to view the footage. The applicant responded to questions from Members of the Committee.
The applicant was invited to address the Committee in support of his case. The applicant responded to questions from Members of the Committee.
Members requested to view the footage of the incident again prior to making a decision in respect of the matter.
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 Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence, Ref: 15/16, be retained but that the applicant be required to complete the Driver Improvement Scheme, at his own expense, within the next three months, for the following reasons:-
After viewing the footage provided by the complainant, the Committee were concerned about the applicant’s standard of driving in relation to the incident that occurred on 20 November 2015. The Committee considered that the applicant had behaved recklessly on this occasion and had driven in an unsafe manner.
The applicant was advised that should he complete the Driver Improvement Scheme to a satisfactory level, there would be no requirement for him to reappear before the Committee.
The applicant was reminded of his Right of Appeal to the Magistrates Court, within 21 days of the date of the decision.