The Assistant Director of Improving Public Health submitted an exempt report in connection with an application for a Private Hire Vehicle Operator Licence, Ref: 31/16, 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 verified his name and address and confirmed that he had received a copy of the report.
The Head of Public Protection presented the report which set out the circumstances of the case in relation to the applicant, to the current owners of the business and in regard to the status of the current operators licence.
The applicant confirmed that the contents of the report were an accurate representation of the facts and was invited to speak in support of his application and respond to Members questions.
It was confirmed that there were no further questions and the applicant and officers of the Council, other than representatives of the Councils Legal Services and Democratic Services, withdrew whilst the Committee determined the application.
Subsequently all interested parties returned and the Chair announced the Committees decision.
ORDERED that the application for a Private Hire Vehicle Operator Licence Ref No: 31/16, be granted as follows:
1. That the Operators Licence be subject to the additional following conditions
1.1. That only one vehicle will be operated at all times.
1.2. That the vehicle operated must solely be used for contractual executive hire purposes and not for general private hire bookings.
1.3. That the operator provides records of the contracts to hire or bookings of the vehicle every six months to the Councils Licensing Office or on request from a Licensing Officer.
2. That all other conditions in relation to private hire vehicle operators will apply
3. The Committee agreed to delegate authority to the Head of Public Protection and Improving Public Health to grant a vehicle licence to the Applicant with the following exemptions if he considers it is suitable and appropriate to do so:-
3.1. An exemption in respect of the Councils condition in relation to window tints in relation to private hire vehicles.
3.2. An exemption in respect of the Councils conditions in relation to signs and notices in relation to private hire vehicles, however, the licence must be subject to a requirement to carry an identification disc as the Officer considers appropriate and to be displayed as directed by the Officer.
4. The Committee agreed that any grant of a vehicle licence will be subject to a condition that the vehicle must solely be used for contractual executive hire purposes and not for general private hire bookings.
In making their decision, the Committee decided to depart from its policy due to exceptional circumstances in that the vehicle was an upmarket vehicle and was to be used exclusively for executive purposes and not for normal private hire fleet work.
The Committee therefore considered that the risk to the driver and his passengers would be much lower than if the driver was driving the general public, who for safety reasons, needed to be visible through all windows.
Members had also taken into consideration the information contained in the report and the representations.