Agenda and minutes

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Venue: Council House, Plymouth

Contact: Helen Rickman/ Jamie Sheldon  Email: helen.rickman@plymouth.gov.uk/ Email: jamie.sheldon@plymouth.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

51.

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.

52.

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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018.

Minutes:

Agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018.

53.

Chair's Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

Under this item, Councillor Rennie requested an update from Steve Forshaw (Taxi Enforcement Officer) regarding future plans to increase safeguarding in the taxi industry. Members were advised that the National Anti-Fraud Network was developing a system whereby licensed drivers, both private and hackney carriage, would be included on a national register and details surrounding revocations or suspensions attributed to a driver would be made available on request; Plymouth City Council was due to appoint a specific officer for this role.

 

Mr Wildman, who was in attendance to support a taxi driver whose review was due to be discussed, requested the opportunity to raise a private issue with Members.  It was agreed that the committee would adjourn to allow Mr Wildman opportunity to speak to the committee’s legal officer. Members were advised that the legal officer advised Mr Wildman to raise his concerns, discussed with her, to the Licensing Service Manager.

54.

Appeal Cases

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

Minutes:

There had been no appeal cases processed since the previous Taxi Licensing Committee.

55.

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.

56.

Confidential Minutes - To Follow

To confirm the confidential minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018.

Minutes:

Agreed the confidential minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018.

Order of Business

With the permission of the Chair, the order of business was amended, as set out below in the minutes

57.

Review Status of Hackney Carriage Vehicle Driver Licence - MD

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the review status of a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee:

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from Mr Wildman on behalf of MD;

 

(c)

heard from MD;

 

 

The committee considered that MD’s actions had fallen so far short of that which was expected of a professional driver that it would be inappropriate of them not to take action or issue a warning. The committee agreed that it was proportionate, in light of the above and in consideration of its licensing objective of vehicle safety, comfort and access and prevention of crime and disorder and protection of consumers, to suspend MD’s Hackney Carriage Driver’s licence for a period of three days under section 19(1)(b) of the Plymouth City Council Act 1975.

 

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

58.

Review Status of Hackney Carriage Driver Licence - DA

The Director of Public Health will submit a report on the review status of a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence.

Minutes:

The Committee:

 

(a)

considered the report from the Director of Public Health;

 

(b)

heard from the Licensing Officer that DA had not attended committee  and that the Licensing Officer had made several attempts to contact him today:

 

Having considered the matters contained within the report, the committee agreed that it does not consider DA to be a fit and proper person to hold a Hackney Carriage Driver’s licence. Therefore, in order to protect the safety of the public, the licence is revoked under section 19(1)(b) of the Plymouth City Council Act 1975. In reaching this decision the Council has taken into account the licensing objectives contained within its policy of safety and health of drivers and the public, prevention of crime and disorder and protection of consumers and protection of children and other vulnerable persons from harm.

 

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