Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Friday, 6th March, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Lucy Bonshor 

Items
No. Item

38.

Apologies

39.

Disclosure of interests

40.

Minutes of the meeting held on 24 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

41.

Hackney Carriage Driver

    Report from the Licensing Officer.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Decision:

     

    To issue a strong warning.

     

     

    The Legal Advisor introduced those present and confirmed the name of the driver before the Committee.

     

    The Licensing Officer submitted exempt report ENV746 which concerned the fitness of a private hire driver to continue to hold a licence.  The driver had held a private hire drivers’ licence since January 2018.  In January 2020 the Licensing Team had received the drivers annual Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency check code.  All licence drivers were required to submit a yearly DVLA check code.   On checking the drivers licence two motoring convictions were revealed which meant that the driver had nine DVLA penalty points.    Checks were carried out to determine if he had notified South Kesteven of the motoring convictions, no such record could be found.    A meeting was arranged with the driver at which the convictions were discussed together with his reasons for not notifying the Council as required within the Council’s policy.  Failure to notify the Council meant that the driver had amassed 12 SKDC penalty points.  In accordance with the Council’s policy the driver was required to undertake a Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) driving test as he had accumulated nine DVLA points on his licence.  Failure to complete the test within three months meant that his drivers’ licence would automatically be suspended.  Due to the points that he had accumulated he had been referred to the Committee to determine whether or not he was a fit and proper person to hold a licence pursuant to Section 51 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

     

    The driver then made his representation and answered Members questions.  He informed the Committee that one of the convictions was in relation to his private vehicle, and not whilst he was driving a private hire vehicle.  He informed the Committee that it was an oversight on his part and it was a stupid and daft thing to do and he apologised for this.  Although he had glanced at the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy when he was granted his licence, he realised that he should have made more of an effort the read the document properly. He was booked on to the LRSP test in April although he could not remember the exact date.  He realised that he had made a mistake and had no excuses.

     

    The Licensing Officer then gave his closing statement.  Members were asked to consider the report and appendices before them, and any further information made during the course of the meeting and decide whether to:

     

    -        Suspend the driver for a defined period of time.

    -        Revoke the private hire driver’s licence on the grounds that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence under section 61 (1) (b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

    -        Issue a warning.

    -        Take no action.

    (10:15am the Licensing Officers and applicant left the meeting)

     

    Members considered the driver before them having regard to the contents of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Close of Meeting