Tameside Council wins taxi driversí licensing appeals

Date Released - 09/05/2018

Two former Tameside taxi drivers have lost their appeals against decisions to revoke their licences.

The first driver had his licence revoked by Tameside Council after a complaint was received that he had acted inappropriately towards a female passenger. The complaint was investigated and his taxi driver licence was revoked with immediate effect.

The driver appealed the Council’s decision and his appeal was heard at Tameside Magistrates Court on Monday 30 April. The Court heard full details of the complaint and after hearing evidence from all parties, determined that the Council had been correct in its decision to revoke the licence with immediate effect and his appeal was dismissed. The court also awarded costs of £500 to the Council.

The second driver had his licence revoked at a hearing of the Council’s Speakers Panel on 23 January. The Panel heard evidence that he had recently been prosecuted for careless driving and driving whilst on his mobile phone, and – although the court had not disqualified him – he had received 12 penalty points on his licence. Furthermore, he had failed to inform the Licensing Authority of his conviction, which was a condition of his licence.

The driver appealed the Council’s decision, and his appeal was heard at Tameside Magistrates Court on Tuesday 1 May. After hearing evidence from all parties, the court dismissed the appeal and upheld the Council’s decision to revoke his taxi driver’s licence. The Council were also awarded £500 costs.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Clean and Green with responsibility for enforcement, said: “Both of these cases demonstrate that Tameside Council takes its responsibility to protect the public very seriously and will always make robust decisions to remove licences from those individuals who are not fit and proper to drive taxis and private hire vehicles.”

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