Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Appeals Panel - Friday, 10th September, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Suite, Gibson Building, Kings Hill, West Malling

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No. Item


LAP 21/19

Declarations of Interest


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

LAP 21/20

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 paragraph 3, Part 3 of the Constitution

LAP 21/21

Review of Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence - Case No. 04/2021

The Panel is invited to consider what action should be taken in respect of a Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence.


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


The Licensing and Appeals Committee, sitting as a Panel, was asked to consider what action should be taken in respect of the holder of a dual Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s licence who had been issued with a Community Resolution Record by the Police following admission to behaviour that would amount to a Public Order Offence.


The Panel had regard to the report of the Director of Central Services and Deputy Chief Executive and annexes which contained the Kent Police Community Resolution Record, the Witness Statement of the Driver and the Witness Statement of PC 13293.  In addition, the Panel had regard to the TMBC Licensing Policy 2018-2023 and, in particular, Section 1.4.4 – Public Safety is a paramount consideration. 


The Panel heard from the Driver that when the incident happened he was “in total fear for his life” and believed that he may be about to be mugged.  He had needed to “veer off” and considered that “they could have pushed [him] off the road”.  It was noted that there had been 3 people in the other vehicle and a German Shepherd Dog. 


The Panel took account of the fact that the Driver had been licenced with the Council for 14 years and had a clean record. It was noted that the Driver had no previous convictions or cautions.  The Panel also took in account that the Driver had notified a police officer himself as soon as the incident had happened and that he had notified the Council of the Community Resolution.  It was clear to the Panel that the Driver had been acting out of fear and in self-defence.  The Driver had accepted his wrongdoing at the earliest opportunity and had shown genuine remorse.


For these reasons the Panel


RESOLVED:  That no action be taken in respect of Case Number 004/2021


The Panel advised the Driver that, if a similar incident occurred in the future, he should not involve himself but should involve the Police immediately.