Licensing (Miscellaneous) Sub-Committee – 14 January 2016
Chairman: Councillor K Vickers
Venue: Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time: 10 am
2. Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Personal or Personal and Prejudicial Interests, and significant contact with Applicants, Objectors or Third Parties (Lobbying), if any.
3. To take the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2015 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
4. Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 – Town Police Clauses Act 1847 – Review of a Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence – Mr M Dobbs.
5. Any other items that the chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances that must be specified.
PRESENT: – Councillor K Vickers in the chair
Councillors P Vickers (Vice-Chairman), Armitage, Clark and Grant.
The sub-committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
1300 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS, PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS, OBJECTORS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests, personal or personal and prejudicial interests.
1301 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2015, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.
1302 (31) LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1976 – TOWN POLICE CLAUSES ACT 1847 – REVIEW OF A PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE DRIVERS LICENCE – MR M DOBBS – The Director of Places submitted a report advising members of an application for the review of a Private Hire Drivers Licence to be determined by the sub-committee.
The report contained background information on the process for determining such applications, the information to be taken into account and the circumstances in which the sub-committee could revoke a licence.
The options available to the sub-committee when considering the application were:
- To take no action.
- To warn the person regarding future conduct.
- To issue points against the licence in accordance with Appendix I of the council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.
- To add additional conditions to the licence or add conditions of obtaining a licence.
- To suspend the licence for a set period of time.
- To revoke the licence.
Should the sub-committee refuse the application or impose additional terms, conditions or restrictions then the applicant may appeal to the Magistrates Court within 21 days from the date on which he was notified of the decision. Should the Magistrates uphold the decision of the council, the applicant had further recourse to the Crown Court.
The procedure for dealing with such applications at meetings of the sub-committee had previously been circulated to members.
Mr Dobbs attended the meeting, made submissions and gave an account of the events that had led to his appearance before this sub-committee, and answered questions relating to the recorded incident.
The sub-committee then adjourned for deliberation. When it reconvened the sub-committee –
Resolved – That after consideration of all the information presented before it, the sub-committee does agree to allow Mr Dobbs’ licence to consider, as they consider Mr Dobbs to be a fit and proper person under Sections 51 and 59 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act 1976. However, the sub-committee would like to remind Mr Dobbs as to his future conduct and to always disclose any misconduct.