Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Appeals Panel - Friday, 25th January, 2019 11.00 am

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

Contact: Committee Services  Email:

No. Item


LA 19/9

Declarations of Interest


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

LA 19/10

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)

LA 19/11

Complaint in respect of a Private Hire Driver Licence Holder - Case No 02/2019

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



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


The Panel was asked to consider whether the holder of a Private Hire 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 his bad behaviour towards another road user. 


The Panel was advised that a complaint had been received from a member of the public regarding the licence holder’s behaviour towards her and his poor driving.  The Panel noted that the incident had been recorded on another road user’s dash cam which had been supplied to the Licensing Team and was shown to the Panel at the Hearing. The licence holder admitted that he had made a mistake during the incident and apologised.


In its deliberations the Panel took into account the Council’s Taxi Licensing and 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. In particular, section 3.32 of the guidance issued in April 2018 stated that

‘Licensees are 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 are expected to act with integrity and demonstrate conduct befitting the trust that is placed in them’.


The Panel found that the licence holder had been confrontational, deliberately tried to intimidate the complainant and had also contravened traffic laws by crossing a solid white line.


For these reasons the Panel


RESOLVED:  That Private Hire Driver’s Licence Number 18/00038/PHDL be SUSPENDED for a period of one year.