Agenda and minutes

Taxi Hearing, Licensing and Appeals Panel - Friday, 20th October, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room, Gibson Building, Kings Hill, West Malling

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No. Item


LAP 23/25

Declarations of Interest


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

LAP 23/26

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 to be taken under Delegated Powers in accordance with paragraph 3, Part 3 of the Constitution

LAP 23/27

Review of a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence - Case 007/2023

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


The Panel is invited to consider what action should be taken in respect of a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage (Dual) Driver’s Licence.


The Licensing and Appeals Committee, sitting as a Panel was asked to consider whether any action was appropriate in respect of a holder of a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire (Dual) Driver’s licence, following the receipt of information from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


The driver produced a DBS certificate as part of their renewal application, and it showed that they had a conviction for breaching a non-molestation order on 18 January 2023. The driver had not declared this conviction during their renewal application, nor had they notified the Licensing Team within seven days of receiving the conviction as required by the Councils policy.

The panel listened carefully to all the information provided by the driver and the character witness provided by their employer of many years.  Whilst they recognised the driver had failed to notify the Licensing Team of their conviction, they were satisfied that this was a misunderstanding rather than a deliberate attempt to withhold the information.


Taking into consideration everything that the driver had said at the hearing, the character witness provided by their employer and the clean record confirmed by the licensing officer, the panel were satisfied that the driver did not pose a safeguarding risk to the public and therefore granted the renewal of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire (Dual) drivers licence.


RESOLVED: That, in respect of Case Number 007/2023, the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire (Dual) Driver’s licence be GRANTED.