The purpose of this report is to request that the Licensing Sub-Committee considers an appeal against the revocation of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licences.
The Senior Licensing Officer set out the circumstances of the case and took members of the Sub-Committee through the documents that were included in the agenda report, explaining why the decision had been taken to revoke Mr B’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licences.
Mr B’s legal representative presented the appeal against this decision and responded to questions from the Senior Licensing Officer and members of the Sub-Committee.
Next, Mr B’s legal representative and members of the Sub-Committee questioned the Senior Licensing Officer.
After careful consideration of the written evidence and the representations made at the meeting, the Sub-Committee upheld the appeal against the revocation of Mr B’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licences.
The Sub-Committee did not accept the point made by Mr B’s legal representative that the Council’s policy only allowed suspension or revocation of a licence following a conviction, however it did take on board the points made regarding the fact that Mr B was released under investigation and that, at the present time, there were no bail conditions or other restrictions imposed upon him.
The Sub-Committee carefully considered the nature of the allegations and whether or not it was appropriate to take action against Mr B’s licences at this time.
Whilst the nature of the allegations was very serious, as no formal action had been taken by the relevant agencies at this time, the Sub-Committee did not consider it appropriate to impose a sanction at this time and for these reasons it rescinded the decision to revoke Mr B’s licences.