61 To consider an application for a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence
The Licensing and Compliance Officer submitted a report for the Licensing Regulatory Panel to consider whether a person who has made an application for a hackney carriage driver’s licence is a fit and proper person to hold such licence.
The applicant was in attendance at the meeting.
The Licencing and Compliance Officer delivered the report to the panel. As part of the applicant’s application the Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (dated 4th April 2019) revealed information relevant to the application. The officer also advised that the applicant has no endorsements on their driving licence.
The officer’s recommendation was to refuse the licence on the grounds that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence.
The applicant then gave their representations and answered questions from members. The applicant provided their explanation over the entry on the DBS certificate.
The Licencing and Compliance Officer and the applicant then left the meeting while the panel considered the application.
Members considered the application, the officer’s report, and representations from the applicant. The Panel also considered relevant legislation, and the Council’s policy on the relevance of criminal convictions.
Councillor Wilkinson moved the motion to grant the hackney carriage driver licence for 12 months.
This was seconded by Councillor Smith.
A vote was taken on the motion, 5 voted in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions.
The motion was carried.
The Licencing and Compliance Officer and the applicant returned to the meeting.
The applicant was informed of the decision and its reasons.
The Licensing Panel had considered the application, the officer’s report, the representations from the applicant, the personal reference and advice from officers. The Panel had also considered the relevant legislation and the Council’s policy on the relevance of criminal convictions.
The licensing panel decided to:
Agree to grant the licence for a period of 12 months, after which the decision to continue to do so will be delegated to the Licensing Officer should there be no further issues. This is subject to the applicant completing the driving test, knowledge test, providing a medical certificate and providing the proof of right to work in the UK.
The panel has considered the information the applicant provided in conjunction with the overriding objective of protecting the safety of the public.
In making its decision, the Panel noted that the applicant was given a very recent caution in 2018 and that this was a dishonesty offence. The Panel felt that whilst the caution was very recent, the explanation the applicant provided was sufficient to convince them that the applicant was not a risk to public safety.
The Panel considered the fact that the applicant had no convictions and that this caution was an isolated incident. The Panel also noted that the applicant had been made an offer of further employment conditional on the approval of this licence application, and that the applicant’s prospective employer is happy to employ them in full knowledge of the caution.
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