To consider an application to grant a hackney carriage driver licence
The Licensing and Compliance Officer submitted a report for the Licensing Regulatory Panel to consider whether a person who had made an application for a hackney carriage driver’s licence was a fit and proper person to hold such a license.
The Applicant was in attendance.
The applicant had held a hackney carriage drivers licence since 2016, that licence had expired on 22 September 2021. An application for renewal had been made on 9 September 2021. The application was made without the required standard documentation and therefore it needed to be considered by the Panel. The two tests – Knowledge test and Practical Driving test – both remained on the applicants licensing record.
The applicant had asked that the Panel consider the application and the extenuating circumstances.
The applicant made their representations to the Panel. They explained that they were not familiar or skilled in the use of technology which had hindered their application. They had requested assistance from a family member however deadlines had still been missed.
Members asked questions on the background of the applicants driving history and the current status of the documentation required.
The Licensing and Compliance Officer and the applicant left the meeting while the Panel considered the application.
Members considered the application, the officer’s report, the representations made by the applicant and advice from officers. The Panel also considered relevant legislation and the purposes of the licencing objectives.
Councillor P Kendall moved to grant the hackney carriage drivers licence for one year without the need for re-taking the Knowledge Test and Practical Driving Test.
This was seconded by Councillor P Scott.
A vote was taken, the motion was unanimously agreed.
The Licensing and Compliance Officer and applicant returned to the meeting.
The decision notice including the reasons for the decision was read out.
The Licensing Regulatory Panel had considered the application, the officer’s report, representations from the applicant and advice from officers, and considered the relevant legislation.
The Panel decided to grant the delegated authority to the Specialist Licensing and Compliance Officer and the Senior Specialist Licensing and Compliance Officer to grant the hackney carriage drivers’ licence for a period of one year without the need for re-taking the Knowledge Test and Practical Driving Test.
The Panel acknowledge that the applicant had been somewhat hindered by the need to use technology to complete the application process. The Panel were satisfied that given what time had passed since the renewal date and today’s Panel, that would not have had a detrimental effect on the applicants practical driving skills or knowledge, nor had the tests changed in such a manner that would require the applicant to undertake those again. As such, the applicant did not pose any risk to the safety of the travelling public.
If the applicant was aggrieved by the decision of the Panel, they can appeal to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the decision.