Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel
Tuesday, 27th August, 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Main Committee Room, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Rotary Way, Northallerton, DL6 2UU

Contact: Democratic Services Officer  01609 767015

Items
No. Item

LAHP.5

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

THE DECISION:

 

That Councillor M Taylor be elected Chairman for the duration of the meeting.

 

(Councillor M Taylor in the Chair)

 

LAHP.6

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 3 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

Minutes:

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public were excluded from the meeting during consideration of the item of business at minute no LAHP.7 on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act as the Panel was satisfied that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

LAHP.7

Renewal of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licence

Report of the Director of Law and Governance (Monitoring Officer)

Minutes:

The subject of the decision:

 

The Panel was asked to consider whether to grant or refuse an application for the renewal of a hackney carriage and private hire driver licence submitted by the applicant.

 

Alternative options considered:

 

The Panel considered the options outlined in the Director’s report.  The Panel concluded that the applicant was a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence subject to being issued with a written warning and therefore it was not necessary to refuse the application.

 

The reason for the decision:

 

The Panel considered the Director’s report, the application for a hackney carriage and private hire driver licence, the applicant’s DVLA licence, the applicant’s oral representations, the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and the relevant legislation.

 

The Panel was informed that the applicant had been licensed since May 2006 and recently applied to renew his licence.  The Panel considered the applicant’s DVLA driving licence and noted that the applicant received three penalty points for exceeding the speed limit in August 2017 and a further six penalty points for failing to give the identity of the driver in June 2018.

 

The Panel noted that in accordance with the conditions of his licence the applicant was required to notify the details of any conviction or fixed penalty points as soon as practicable.  The applicant failed to inform the Council of the August 2017 conviction, which only came to light in July 2018.  The Panel noted that the applicant was subsequently issued with a verbal warning.

 

The Panel noted that the applicant’s speeding conviction from June 2018 conviction did not come to the Council’s attention until July 2019.  The applicant informed the Panel that he had believed that the verbal warning issued in July 2018 related to both the August 2017 and June 2018 convictions.  The Panel noted that this explanation was accepted by officers.

 

The Panel considered that the applicant had been subject of a complaint in 2014 in relation to his driving manner.  At the time the applicant admitted that he may have been driving too close to the complainant’s vehicle but denied driving in a dangerous manner and insisted he had remained below the speed limit.  The Panel noted that the officer had been satisfied that the appropriate action was to remind the applicant of his obligations on the road.

 

The Panel observed that, according to the Council’s Policy, licensed drivers with nine or more penalty points endorsed on their driving licence in any rolling three year period would normally have their licence revoked.  The Panel noted that between August 2017 and June 2018 the applicant received a total of nine penalty points for a speeding offence and failure to give the identity of the driver.

 

The applicant informed the Panel that, in June 2018, he had failed to respond to the DVLA request for the identity of the driver in relation to a speeding offence within the specified period (two weeks) due to  ...  view the full minutes text for item LAHP.7