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Apologies and Substitute Members
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of Substitute Members (if any).
No apologies were recorded.
Chairman - Election
To elect a Chairman for the meeting.
RESOLVED that Cllr L Taylor be elected as Chairman of the Sub Committee for the meeting.
To Determine Whether Or Not A Licensed Driver And Vehicle Proprietor Remains Fit And Proper
The Sub Committee to decide, in light of the information set out within the report and the response of the licence holder, whether or not the individual remains fit and proper to hold licenses with this authority.
During discussion of this item it may be necessary to pass the following resolution to exclude the press and public having reflected on Article 12 12.02(d) (a presumption in favour of openness) of the Constitution. This decision may be required because consideration of this matter in public may disclose information falling within one of the descriptions of exempt information in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. The Committee will need to decide whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption, outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT – EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
RECOMMENDED that under section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the next item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, namely information relating to an individual
Members of the Sub-Committee and officers introduced themselves.
Members of the Committee confirmed that they had no interests to declare and discussed whether to hold the hearing in public or in private. Given the specific information contained within the report it was:
RESOLVED that under Section 100A (4) of the local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, namely information relating to an individual.
(Proposed by the Chairman)
Consideration was given to a report from the Director of Corporate Affairs and Business Transformation relating to a licensed driver and seven potential issues that cumulatively appeared to call into question the licensed driver’s character and suitability to continue to hold licenses with the authority. The hearing (16 September 2016) had been deferred to allow further information to be considered.
The Public Health and Professional Services Manager outlined the contents of the report highlighting the issues for consideration:
· Using a vehicle without an MOT
· Complaints had been received about using unlicensed vehicles (3)
· A complaint from a customer
· Private Hire Operator records
· Late receipt of documentation
He highlighted a statement made by the Licence Holder made in September 2016 which had been factually incorrect and that there were a series of occasions when a vehicle had not had an MOT certificate by the required time and that records seemed to indicate a lack of proactive vehicle maintenance. Of the total 64 MOT tests considered, 28 had failed many of which had been for multiple reasons, a further 20 had passed with advisories and 16 had passed without comment.
As a result of the further investigation that had taken place the Licence Holder had been interviewed again. The Lead Licensing Officer outlined the details of the interview of 20 October 2016 highlighting the detail of the failed MOT tests and/or advisories and that there had been a general pattern in that mileage was taking place between the dates that the vehicle had failed the MOT and being re-tested. The issue of unlicensed family members driving the vehicles for personal use was also raised. Members considered the records for the individual vehicles which outlined the MOT expiry date, the test date, the result of the test, mileage records, reasons for failures and advisories.
The Public Health and Professional Services Manager outlined the information that had been received prior to the hearing: that of vehicle check sheets, maintenance arrangements with a garage and invoices for works that had taken place. He asked the panel to consider whether the licence holder remained fit and proper to maintain his current licenses and outlined the options available to the panel.
Consideration was given to whether having failed an MOT test a vehicle should be used in the interim period before re-testing.
The Licence Holder’s legal representative addressed the meeting outlining the way in which the license holder dealt with ... view the full minutes text for item 6.