Agenda and minutes

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Venue: Council House, Plymouth

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Items
No. Item

70.

Declarations of Interest

Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest in accordance with the code of conduct.

71.

Chair's Urgent Business

To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.

Minutes:

There were no items of Chair’s Urgent Business.

72.

Appeal Cases

The Committee will be provided with the results of the judgement on appeal cases that went to Court.

Minutes:

The Committee received updates on appeal cases.

73.

Exempt information

To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it (they) involve(s) the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph(s) 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Minutes:

Agreed that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

74.

Application for the Grant of a Restricted Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence - IFR

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the application for the grant of a restricted Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from IFR;

 

(c)

noted that IFR had produced a satisfactory medical certificate stating that he satisfies the DVSA Group 2 medical standards of fitness to drive and that he had been SIA accredited for a number of years;

 

(d)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee considered the application on its own merits and agreed to grant IFR’s application for a restricted private hire vehicle driver’s licence subject to:

 

(1)

IFR passing his driving standards test;

(2)

IFR attending, within 12 months of any licence being issued, the Child Sexual Exploitation Course (he is requested to attend the next available course);

 

(3)

IFR attending, within 12 months of any licence being issued, the VRQ driver qualification in ‘Transporting Passengers by Taxi and Private Hire’ or equivalent.

 

 

(Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)

 

 

 

 

 

 

75.

Application for the Grant of a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence - LAF

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the application for the grant of a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from LAF;

 

(c)

noted that LAF had produced a satisfactory medical certificate stating that he satisfies the DVSA Group 2 medical standards of fitness to drive and that LAF had previously been a licensed Hackney Carriage Driver in Plymouth;

 

(d)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee considered the application on its own merits and took the view that LAF did not pose a danger to the public and agreed to grant LAF’s application for a Hackney Carriage driver licence subject to:

 

(1)

LAF completing the driving standards test;

(2)

LAF completing the topographical knowledge of Plymouth test;

 

(3)

LAF producing his medical certificate;

 

(4)

LAF, within 12 months of any licence being issued, attending the Child Sexual Exploitation Course (he is requested to attend the next available course);

 

(5)

LAF, within 12 months of any licence being issued, undertaking the VRQ driver qualification in ‘Transporting Passengers by Taxi and Private Hire’

 

(Councillors Rennie and Deacon requested that their dissenting vote is recorded in the minutes)

 

(Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)

 

 

 

76.

Application for the Grant of a Private Hire Driver Licence - GE

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the application for the grant of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from GE;

 

(c)

noted that GE was unable to supply a certificate of good conduct however had provided character references;

 

(d)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee considered the application on its own merits and in this instance agreed to act outside of its policy with regards to requiring a Certificate of Good Conduct and grant GE’s application for a Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licence subject to:

 

(1)

GE completing the driving standards test, the topographical knowledge of Plymouth test and providing a medical certificate;

(2)

GE, within 12 months of any licence being issued, attending the Child Sexual Exploitation Course (he is requested to attend the next available course);

(3)

GE, within 12 months of any licence being issued, undertaking the VRQ driver qualification in ‘Transporting Passengers by Taxi and Private Hire’.

 

 (Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)

 

77.

Application for the Grant of a Private Hire Driver Licence - AP

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the application for the grant of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from AP and his representative from Taxi First;

 

(c)

noted that, since the publication of the agenda paperwork, AP had produced a satisfactory medical certificate stating that he satisfies the DVSA Group 2 medical standards of fitness to drive and had also passed his driving standards test;

 

(d)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee considered the application on its own merits and in this instance agreed that AP was not considered to be a fit and proper person and therefore his application for a private hire driver’s licence would be refused in accordance with Section 9(1)(a) of the Plymouth City Council Act 1975.

 

(Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)

78.

Review Status of Private Hire Driver Licence - JCHL

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the review status of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee heard that JCHL had been served with the notice of hearing and a copy of the report from the Director of Public Health whilst in prison and had been provided with the opportunity to make written submissions which had been received. The Committee resolved to proceed with today’s hearing in his absence.

 

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

noted the written statement supplied by JCHL contained within the report;

 

(c)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee considered the application on its own merits and in this instance agreed that JCHL was not considered to be a fit and proper person to drive a Hackney Carriage and have elected to revoke his licence in accordance with s.19 (1) (a) of the Plymouth City Council Act 1975.

 

(Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)

 

79.

Review status of a Private Hire Driver Licence - IS

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the review status of a Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee –

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from IS and his daughter;

 

(c)

noted that IS had failed to notify the Licensing office of two previous driving offences in 2012 in accordance with the conditions of his licence;

 

(d)

took into account the above report and all that was said into consideration and also considered the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

 

The Committee has a duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of potential passengers and members of the public therefore, after considering all other sanctions the Committee has agreed to suspend JCHL for a consecutive period of 3 days and for a warning to be put on his file.

 

 

(Please note:  there is a confidential part to this minute)