Decision Maker: Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Application to licence a Hackney Carriage
contrary to Vehicle Age Limit Policy
The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) presented a report asking the Sub-Committee to consider an application for the renewal of a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence contrary to the vehicle age limit policy. He drew Members’ attention especially to the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had had on the Applicant’s trade.
The Applicant presented their case.
The Applicant answered questions raised by Sub-Committee Members and the Principal Specialist (Health and Environment).
The Applicant summarised their case.
The Applicant presented the vehicle to Members, one person at a time.
The Sub-Committee, supported by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then withdrew to consider the application.
The meeting was reconvened at 14.23 p.m. and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) communicated the Sub-Committee’s decision.
The Sub-Committee having heard the facts of the case, having reviewed the personal references and heard the representations made by the Applicant, having carefully considered the circumstances of the application and the SLDC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy –
RESOLVED – That the application to licence a Hackney Carriage Vehicle contrary to the Vehicle Age Limit Policy be granted for the vehicle bearing the registration mark BK59 UFW. The evidence presented to Members at the hearing and documents contained within the report showed that:
a. The Applicant’s vehicle already undergoes a four-monthly MOT tests in accordance with the Council’s Policy due to the vehicle being over 8 years old;
b. The Applicant’s vehicle was last MOT tested on 10th March 2021 which passed without any identifiable problems;
c. The Applicant’s Hackney Carriage Inspection for the vehicle, attached at Appendix 1 of the report, did not identify any problems;
d. The Engineers report and inspection, which was conducted on 10th March 2021, did not identify any problem;
e. The Applicant’s vehicle is said to be compliant with the parameters set by ‘Euro 4 (EC2005) (please note we have moved to Euro 6);
f. Members are satisfied with the explanation and reasons provided by the Applicant for wanting to extend the Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence for a further one year. Namely, that the Applicant is a professional driver whose sole source of income is from working as a Hackney Carriage driver. That the Applicant has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic which has led to less passenger footfall from Oxenholme Train Station, thus affecting the Applicant’s finances;
g. Members are satisfied with the current state of the vehicle in light of the evidence before them; and
h. This application is Applicant’s second extension request beyond the Council’s Ten Years Age Limit for Hackney Carriage Vehicle.
The Committee wish to raise with the Applicant the Euro 6 requirements.
Report author: Rowland Wilson
Publication date: 20/07/2021
Date of decision: 21/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee