Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Appeals Panel - Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: online via Microsoft Teams

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LAP 21/1

Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest made in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

LAP 21/2

Exclusion of Press and Public pdf icon PDF 4 KB

The Chairman to move that the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting during consideration of any items the publication of which would disclose exempt information


The Chairman moved, it was seconded and


RESOLVED:  That as public discussion would disclose exempt information, the following matters be considered in private.


Decisions taken under Delegated Powers in accordance with Part 3 of the Constitution (responsibility for Council functions)

LAP 21/3

Review of Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence - Case No. 01/2021

LGA 1972 Sch 12A Paragraph 1 – Information relating to an individual


This report provides details of a complaint made against the holder of a Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence


(Reason: LGA 1972 Sch 12A Paragraph 1 – Information relating to any individual)


The Panel was asked to consider whether the holder of a Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence should have his licence suspended or revoked under s.61(1)(b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 on the ground of any other cause, namely for poor conduct towards members of NHS staff at Medway Hospital. 


The report of the Director of Central Services and Deputy Chief Executive set out details of a complaint received from a member of NHS staff regarding the licence holder’s conduct towards her and another member of NHS staff. 


The Panel took into account the Council’s Taxi and Licensing Enforcement Policy, as well as the Institute of Licensing guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney carriage and private hire trade.  Particular reference was made to section 3.32 of the guidance issued in April 2018 which stated that licensees were expected to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all time, whether in the context of their work or otherwise.  Licensees should be courteous, avoid confrontation, not be abusive or exhibit prejudice in any way.  In no circumstances should licensees take the law into their own hands.  Licensees were expected to act with integrity and demonstrate conduct befitting the trust that was placed in them. 


The Panel had regard to the report of the Director of Central Services, the written submissions received from the complainant and the oral evidence presented by the Senior Licensing Officer and the licence holder.  Based on the evidence presented the Panel concluded that:-


1.     The licence holder should not have parked in an ambulance bay in the first place and that he was parked inappropriately for in excess of 22 minutes.

2.     The licence holder should have moved his vehicle at the first opportunity and parked in the proper car park.  There clearly was a verbal altercation between the licence holder and an ambulance driver and subsequently between the licence holder and a nurse (which would have been avoided if the licence holder had parked in the proper place).  The licence holder denied that he was verbally abusive but the Panel could not see why the nurse involved would have made the allegations if they were not true.

3.     Taking into account the above, the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policy and, in particular paragraphs 3.3.2 and 3.28 of the Institute of Licensing’s policy on determining the suitability of taxi drivers, the Panel determined that the licence holder had not behaved in a way that the Licensing Authority would expect its taxi drivers to behave.  The Panel concluded that the licence holder had had an altercation with a member of NHS staff, caused by his parking and waiting in an inappropriate place, which was totally unacceptable.  He had been rude and had failed to move his car at the earliest opportunity. 

4.     The licence holder stated that he had behaved out of character because he was not feeling well. He said that  ...  view the full minutes text for item LAP 21/3