Agenda item

Determination of whether to grant a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver licence.



Consideration was given to an exempt report that asked the Committee to determine whether an individual was a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver Licence in accordance with Section 59 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.


The Licensing Specialist introduced the report, and the individual was invited to make representations to the Committee.  At the conclusion of their address, Members of the Committee asked a series of questions.


Once all parties were satisfied that they had no more questions or issues to raise, the Committee adjourned at 10.43 am in the presence of the Solicitor.


Having fully considered the matter, the meeting was then re-convened at 11.18 am and the Chairman read the decision as follows:


Members of the Licensing Committee have considered very carefully your application for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licence.

          We have read the Licensing Officer’s report.

          We have also listened very carefully to what you have told us today.

          The main priority of the licensing regime is to ensure public safety. As this is a civil matter, the evidence of proof is based on the balance of probabilities, the onus being on yourself to satisfy the Authority that you remain a fit and proper person to hold a joint Private Hire and Hackney Carriage drivers licence.


The Committee has decided to GRANT your Joint Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licence. This decision is based on:


That after consideration of the evidence before us, we believe that you are a fit and proper person to hold a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licence, notwithstanding the points accrued on your driving licence.

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