The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with the review of Hackney Carriage Driver Licence: Ref No: 13/16, 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 Senior Licensing Officer presented the report setting out the circumstances of the case in relation to a complaint received from a member of the taxi trade regarding the behaviour of the driver. The driver confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of the facts.
The Chair invited the witness to join the meeting to outline his version of events of the incident that occurred on 23 September 2015. The witness responded to questions from Members of the Committee and the Council's legal officer. It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the witness left the room at this point of the meeting.
The driver was invited to address the Committee in support of his case. The driver responded to questions from Members of the Committee and the Council's legal officer.
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 Hackney Carriage Driver Licence: Ref No: 13/16 be retained and no further action be taken in respect of the review of the Applicants licence.
The Committee considered the representations from the witness and the driver and the information contained within the report.
The Committee considered that the Applicant had held a hackney carriage drivers licence for 22 years without complaint.
They considered that two people gave a version of events and two people gave another version of events. The Committee noted that the Applicant attended regularly at the rank where lots of other drivers were present with no previous complaint or incident. The Committee considered that on balance, it was likely that the complainant may have made an honest mistake as to what the driver said.
**Councillor J Walker returned to the meeting at this point.