Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Thursday, 20 September 2012 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Swansley Room A, Ground Floor. View directions

Contact: Maggie Jennings  03450 450 500

Note: Special Meeting re taxi driver licence 

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Declarations of Interest




Exclusion of Press and Public

The press and public are likely to be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item in accordance with the provisions of Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act).


It was unanimously agreed to exclude the press and public from the meeting.


Determination of Private Hire Driver's Licence following conviction




Mr B is a licensed private hire driver with South Cambridgeshire District Council. The licence is issued with conditions that state, inter alia:-


As a South Cambridgeshire Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Driver you are NOT permitted to ply for hire in the Cambridge City Boundary or at any of the taxi ranks within that area, which includes the Railway Station.”


“Anylicensed driver shall within seven days disclose to the Licensing Officer in writing details of any conviction arising from Court Action imposed on him during the period of the licence.”


“Failure to comply with any conditions may result in the Council suspending, revoking or refusing to renew the licence and, in certain circumstances, prosecution.”


Plying for Hire without the relevant licence is a criminal offence under section 45 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. 


Following an operation undertaken by officers from Cambridge City Council and the police, Mr B was convicted at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 5 July 2012 for the following offences:


1.    Plying for hire with a vehicle and proceeding to drive the vehicle, without having previously obtained a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence for the vehicle, contrary to section 45 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 – a summary offence (level 1) for which he received a fine of £250; and


2.    Using a vehicle on a road without having in force in relation to the use of the vehicle such a policy of insurance or such a security in respect of third party risks that complied with the requirements of Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988, contrary to section 143(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – a summary offence for which he received six penalty points on his driving licence. 


Both convictions have not been challenged.

It has fallen to this Committee to determine what action, if any, should be taken in the light of the above convictions and the breaches of conditions having regard to s.61 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the officer’s report and the representations made on behalf of Mr B (the licence-holder) by his wife.





The Committee heard representations from Mr Bebbington based on his written report and noted that the first date in paragraph 6 of his report was incorrect and should read 1 February 2008.


Mrs B, on behalf of Mr B handed in a bundle of papers for the Committee to read, including a GP’s letter confirming the mother’s medical condition; a letter of support from Panther Taxis Ltd; various court papers; details of his mortgage/insurance and letters from Cambridge University Hospital regarding treatment of his 3-year old son. She also made the following representations:


(1)  Mr B had thought that the Licensing Authority had already been notified of these convictions and did not therefore need to do so himself.

(2)  An explanation was given that Mr B had taken a passenger lawfully into Cambridge City Centre and dropped that person off when  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.