Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Appeals Panel - Wednesday, 8th May, 2024 11.15 am

Venue: Gibson Building, Kings Hill, West Malling

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No. Item


LAP 24/4

Declarations of interest


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

LAP 24/5

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 24/6

Review of a Private Hire Driver's Licence - Case 002/2024

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 Driver’s Licence.


(Reasons: LGA 1972 – Sch 12A Paragraph 1 and 2 - Information relating to an individual and information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual).


The Licensing and Appeals Committee, sitting as a Panel was asked to consider whether any action was required in respect of a Private Hire Driver’s licence, after Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council were notified by the driver that they had received a 42-day driving ban and a fine for speeding.


On 29 November 2023, the Council received a call from the driver informing them that they had been caught speeding and had attended court that day. The court had given them a 42-day driving ban and a fine of £636.00 in total. This was broken down as £383.00 fine, £153.00 Victim Surcharge and £100.00 costs.


At the meeting, the Panel were asked to consider the driver’s conduct, in particular their recent driving ban for speeding, and to decide whether any action was necessary under section 61 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.


The Panel listened carefully to all the driver had told them and the answers to their questions. They also took into account that the driver had had their licence suspended for 42 days by the courts and for an additional period by the Council amounting to a total of 68 days.

The Panel were concerned that the driver’s record indicated that they were a driver with a tendency to exceed the speed limit. Conversely, they noted that none of the offences had occurred whilst the driver was working as a Private Hire Driver and they had immediately brought their most recent conviction to the Council’s attention. The Panel also noted that the driver stated that this recent conviction had had a chastening effect.


RESOLVED: That, in respect of Case Number 002/2024, six penalty points be added to their Private Hire Driver’s Licence for a period of two years and recorded that any further reports of speeding should be taken very seriously.