Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Friday, 15th November, 2019 10.00 am, NEW

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

Contact: Lucy Bonshor 

Items
No. Item

The meeting was late starting due to the need for an interpreter to be in place.

 

22.

Apologies

23.

Disclosure of interests

24.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1st November 2019 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Exclusion of the Public

It was anticipated that, in accordance with Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) the public may be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business because of the likelihood that otherwise exempt information, as described in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Act (as amended) would be disclosed to the public.

 

25.

Hackney Carriage Driver referred to Committee

    Report ENV730 from the Licensing Officer this report was adjourned from meeting held on 1 November 2019.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Decision:

     

    To revoke the driver’s hackney carriage 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.

     

    The Legal Advisor introduced those present and confirmed the name of the applicant and that an interpreter was in attendance.

     

    The Licensing Officer presented exempt report ENV730 which concerned whether a hackney carriage driver remained a fit and proper person to be licensed.  The driver had been a hackney carriage driver with the authority since July 2015.  During this time he had two hackney carriage vehicles licensed with the authority. 

     

    The first vehicle was licensed as a hackney carriage with the authority from October 2015 until October 2018 when it was transferred to the second vehicle.  When the first vehicle was taken for its compliance test at one of the appointed garages it failed on paintwork, dents and was dirty inside and out.  There was no fire extinguisher or roof sign.  South Kesteven District Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy required that prior to submitting a vehicle for examination, proprietors should ensure that the vehicle was in good condition.  This included having a mechanically sound vehicle, satisfactory bodywork, there should be no untreated or unrepaired bodywork defects and the vehicle should be kept in a clean and tidy condition with no burns, rips or tears in the upholstery.  A fire extinguisher should be in the vehicle and all hackney carriages should carry a roof sign.   Hackney Carriage vehicles are required to be tested every six months.

     

    The mid-term test in March 2016 had an advisory that the offside front tyre was worn. Mileage on the vehicle was 109,750.  At the compliance test undertaken in September 2016 a further advisory message was given about the offside rear tyre being worn.  Mileage recorded was 121,558.  When the vehicle went for its mid-term test in March 2017 the vehicle failed on various issues including the offside rear tyre below 1.6 mm.  There was also advice that the front and rear brake pads were worn close to the limit.  The vehicle had a recorded mileage of 138,793.  As a result of the failures the driver was awarded eight South Kesteven penalty points, four for failing to maintain a vehicle in a satisfactory condition and four for using a vehicle with a bald tyre.

     

    Since that date and until the licence was transferred to the second vehicle in March 2019 the vehicle passed all its renewal and mid-term tests with no advisory messages. The last compliance test for the first vehicle had a recorded mileage of 187,543. During the two and half years that the vehicle was used as a hackney carriage the mileage was 94,444.

     

    The second vehicle passed its initial compliance test in March 2019 with no advisory comments and a recorded mileage of 126,719.  When the vehicle was tested at its mid-term test in September 2019 the vehicle failed on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Close of meeting