Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Friday, 4th December, 2020 10.00 am

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7.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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    Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Steptoe, all other Committee members were present.

8.

Disclosure of interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.

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    None disclosed.

9.

Minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2020 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

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    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2020 were agreed as a correct record of the decisions taken.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The press and public were excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business because of the likelihood that information that was exempt under paragraph 1 and 2 of the Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) would be disclosed to them.

 

10.

Hackney Carriage Driver

    Report ENV774 from the Licensing Officer.

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    Decision

     

    That a severe warning is given to the Hackney Carriage Driver about his future conduct and that as soon as practicable the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is undertaken and the Committee notified of when the test has been taken.

     

    The applicant was in attendance.

     

    The Licensing Officer presented report ENV774 which concerned whether or not the hackney carriage driver remained a fit and proper person to hold a hackney carriage licence.  The Licensing Section had been contacted in November 2020 by the driver to update the section on points that he had acquired on his DVLA driving licence. The total outstanding DVLA points were now 13.   Details of the offences and fines were contained within the exempt appendices appended to the report.  The driver had held a South Kesteven hackney carriage licence since 2010. 

     

    The driver then presented his case to the Committee and the circumstances around the issue of the offences and the reason why his DVLA licence had not been taken away and answered Members questions thereon.  Clarity was sought in relation to the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership driving test that the driver had taken in 2019 and it was noted that a further test was required to be taken.  A letter had been sent to the driver and he confirmed that he had received the letter.

     

    The Licensing Officer then gave this closing statement.  Members were asked to consider the report and appendices before them and any representations made during the meeting and decide whether to:

     

    -        Suspend the driver for a defined period of time.

    -        Revoke the hackney carriage driver’s licence on the grounds that the applicant was 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.

     

    The driver gave a brief closing statement reminding Members that he had held a licence for 10 years and during that time he had not had any issues and he did complete the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership driving test in 2019.

     

    (10:26  Licensing Officer and driver left the meeting)

     

    Members discussed the application before them. Concern was expressed about the drivers attitude to speeding and the public’s safety.  It was noted that the driver also had an offence for using a mobile phone whilst driving which was classed as a serious offence.  It was acknowledged that the Magistrates had not revoked the driver’s DVLA licence but that he had to attend another Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership driving test.  It was proposed that the licence be suspended until the driver had completed the test, however due to the current pandemic all tests were currently suspended.  The amount of time that the driver had held a licence was taken into consideration and that no issues had come to light until the previous year.  Members felt that the offences did not result in the need to revoke the licence, but suspension of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The meeting closed at 11:00am.