Councillor Roberts having
declared a prejudicial interest left the Council Chamber for this
Assistant Director, Environment and Place submitted a report to
decide if the applicant is a “fit and proper” person to
hold a Hackney Carriage / Private Hire Driver licence.
Hastings Borough Council policy requires applicants for Hackney
Carriage / Private Hire Driver Licences who have a specific type of
conviction from a court, to appear before the committee to consider
if they are a "fit and proper" person to hold a Hastings Borough
Council licence. Any decision reached after hearing all the
evidence can be appealed at Hastings Magistrates Court.
applicant made a submission to the Committee regarding the
application. Committee members asked questions of the
Licensing Manager gave a brief overview of the application and his
subsequent discussions with the applicant.
Councillor Marlow-Eastwood proposed a motion to decide that the
applicant is not a "Fit and Proper” person to hold a Hackney
Carriage/ Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s licence, seconded by
Applicant not a ‘Fit and Proper’
person to hold a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle
is suspended until he shows the Council’s Licensing manager
that he has successfully completed a new Blue Lamp Trust
The reasons for this
Public safety is of paramount
importance. The driver seemed to have complete disregard of
the law stating that his passengers had told him which way they
wanted to go. The Committee brought to the driver’s attention
that he should be in control of the vehicle and not be influenced
by his passengers as to which route to take to their destination.
The driver did not seem at all bothered by the accumulation of
points on his licence.