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Determination of a private hire/hackney carriage driver's licence
Determination of a private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licence
The Licensing Support Officer gave a summary of the report. The applicant had applied to the Council for a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver’s licence to work for 24 x 7 Ltd. On his application form the applicant had declared four spent convictions. His enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate showed three convictions, all of which were spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The applicant now came before members for them to determine whether he was a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence as he had not met the Council’s licensing standards.
The applicant said that the three spent convictions on the Disclosure and Barring Service certificate had been many years ago when he was a young man.
In response to Members’ questions he explained that he had been living in North London at the time and had been badly influenced by older men and he was now ashamed of what he had done at that time. He said that he no longer associated with the wrong type of people. He had since been on courses, moved to Essex and had been working as a tyre/exhaust fitter. He said that if the licence was approved he would work full-time for 24 x 7 Ltd.
The Chair explained that the Panel would retire to consider the case and would notify the applicant of their decision within appropriate timescales.
The applicant left the meeting at 2.15 and the Committee retired to make its decision.
DECISION NOTICE –
The application before the Panel today is for the grant of a new joint hackney carriage/PHV driver’s licence. We are hearing this case remotely. If his application is successful he has an offer of employment from 24 x 7 Ltd on the school contract side of their business.
We have had the opportunity of reading the officer’s report inthis case, a copy of which has been served on the applicant, and we have also seen, as has he, the background documents annexed thereto including the application form and the DBS documentation supporting the application. We have also taken into account the Council’s policy and have heard from the Case Officer and from the applicant.
Question 12 of the form asks
‘Have you ever been convicted of ANY offence (including motoring offences) including spent and unspent convictions in any Court or received a police caution?’
The applicant declared the following spent convictions and they are here set out in tabular form:
The application process requires applicants to produce an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and the applicant’s certificate dated 07 May 2020 showed three convictions as follows:
Conviction 1 – Date of Conviction - 03 July ... view the full minutes text for item 3.