Application for a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage (Joint) Driver Licence
Decision Maker: Licensing Sub-Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Chairman welcomed the applicant and his potential future employer to the meeting. He introduced the Sub-Committee members and explained the procedure for the hearing, including how the application would be determined.
The Licensing Team Leader presented the report to consider an application for a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage (Joint) Driver Licence. The reason that the application was before the Sub-Committee was due to the nature of the applicant’s caution, and it being less than five years old.
The Chairman, members of the Sub-Committee and the Solicitor asked questions of the applicant, particularly relating to the conviction for harassment, to which the applicant responded.
The Chairman invited the applicant to make representations. He provided details of the background which led to the offence that had taken place as outlined in the application form and on the DBS form. He explained the extenuating circumstances which had seen him react to a situation that was out of character for him. He explained that he had never previously, or since, been in trouble with the police and that it was a traumatic experience for him.
He provided details of his previous employment which had been with the same company for 20 years, and that he had worked since leaving school when he obtained an apprenticeship. He felt he was a good diligent worker who got on well with people; a number of people had said he would be a good taxi driver.
The Chairman invited the applicant’s potential employer to speak. He said he had known the applicant for many years and he was the most placid person he knew. He said at his taxi firm the safety of customers was paramount and he trusted the applicant in that role.
In response to questions from the Sub-Committee, the applicant provided clarification on aspects of his conviction including details of his personal life. He said he considered himself to be a fit and proper person.
When the Chairman was satisfied that all relevant questions had been raised, he requested that the applicant, his potential future employer and the Licensing Team Leader leave the meeting whilst the Sub-Committee reached a decision.
In determining the application, the Sub-Committee considered the representation made and the circumstances involved in the conviction of harassment. The Sub-Committee felt that the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage (Joint) Drivers Licence.
The Licensing Team Leader and the applicant were invited to return so that the meeting could be reconvened and were advised of the decision.
That the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and that the Licence be granted.
Report author: Gemma Potter
Publication date: 02/09/2019
Date of decision: 08/10/2018
Decided at meeting: 08/10/2018 - Licensing Sub-Committee