Venue: Exe Room, Phoenix House
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Apologies and Substitute Members
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of Substitution (if any).
Apologies were received from Cllr Mrs G Doe who was substituted by Cllr Mrs F J Colthorpe and Cllr P H D Hare Scott who was substituted by Cllr R Wright.
Chairman - Election
To elect a Chairman for the Hearing.
RESOLVED that Cllr Mrs F J Colthorpe be elected Chairman of the Sub Committee for the meeting.
Cllr Mrs Colthorpe then took the Chair.
To receive a report from the Head of Human Resources and Development. This Council has a licensed driver who has on three occasions in the last 12 months failed to submit vehicle documentation in accordance with the Councils Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy. Further, on one occasion in the last 12 months the driver failed to present the Hackney Carriage for inspection as required under section (50)1 Local Government Miscellaneous provisions Act 1976.
Members of the Sub Committee and officers introduced themselves.
Consideration was given to a report * from the Head of Human Resources and Development relating to a licensed driver who had on three occasions in the last 12 months failed to submit vehicle documentation in accordance with the Councils Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy. Further, on one occasion in the last 12 months the driver had failed to present the Hackney Carriage for inspection as required under section (50)1 Local Government Miscellaneous provisions Act 1976.
Members of the Committee confirmed that they had no interests to declare and agreed that the meeting should be held in public.
Mr Wright presented a document in which he outlined the processes he proposed to put in place, to which the Committee gave consideration.
The Licencing Officer outlined the contents of the report explaining that drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles were licensed under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. This authority was not permitted to grant a licence unless it was satisfied that the applicant was a ‘fit and proper person’ and took a number of steps to establish that applicants and existing drivers were such persons.
The Officer explained that the Authorities policy required that vehicles were regularly tested by an authorised and accredited garage to ensure that they met the criteria which was required to ensure public safety, that vehicles more than three years old had to be tested every six months, that documentation relating to taxi tests must be submitted for administration when required or requested and that vehicle insurance needed to be continuous and documentation submitted to the licensing team for administration when required or requested.
The officer pointed out that it was not a statutory requirement for the authority to issue reminders and failing to receive a reminder was not a valid excuse for failing to submit documents in a timely fashion.
The officer informed the Committee that Mr Christopher Wright had failed to submit documents in a timely fashion on three occasions in the last 12 months and a taxi test had been a week late.
Mr Wright had submitted an email which was attached to the report in which he explained the circumstances that resulted in the documents being late. The Officer confirmed that the Licensing team had regular contact with licence holders and that he had always been obliging when contacted.
The officer reminded the committee that they needed to decide whether or not Mr Wright remained fit and proper to hold a licence.
Mr Wright apologised for failing to provide information in a timely manner and said that there was no excuse for this. He said that paper work was not his forte and he got distracted by the ‘day job’ which was more about generating business and talking to customers. He had now convinced his partner to take on the paperwork side of the business and she had put a system ... view the full minutes text for item 3.