Agenda and minutes

Taxi Hearing, Licensing and Appeals Panel - Friday, 11th August, 2023 10.00 am

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

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LAP 23/16

Declarations of Interest


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

LAP 23/17

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 23/18

Review of a Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence - Case No 005/2023

The Panel is invited to consider what action should be taken in respect of a Hackney Carriage 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 Driver’s licence, following receipt of information by Licensing Services that brought their attention to the fact that the licence holder had been driving a licenced Hackney Carriage vehicle after their Hackney Carriage Driver’s licence had expired.


The Panel listened carefully to all the information provided and were satisfied that on the balance of probability, the licence holder had made a mistake in not renewing their Hackney Carriage Driver’s Badge until three months after the expiry date.  It was clear in future, that the individual needed to take responsibility to renew their Hackney Carriage Driver’s Badge before the badge expired. 


The Panel considered the mitigating circumstances to why the individual had not renewed their badge, the fact that the individual did not drive the Hackney Carriage Vehicle when they realised that their licence had expired and that they took action to renew their badge with expediency.  The Panel also pointed out that the individual acted in a manner contrary to S.41 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.


After much deliberation, the Panel agreed to give the individual the benefit of doubt, and therefore granted the Hackney Carriage Driving Licence. 


RESOLVED: That, in respect of Case Number 005/2023, the Hackney Carriage Driver’s licence be GRANTED.