Darlington Borough Council have allowed a private hire driver to retain a licence despite being caught without the correct motor insurance.
The Director of Economic Growth for the council submitted a report to licensing committee members, to give consideration to a review of a private hire driver licence in light of a new conviction for using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks.
The driver attended the meeting and responded to members questions in relation to the above, as to why they felt that they were a fit and proper person to hold a private hire driver licence.
In reaching their decision, members took into consideration the council’s licensing policy, which sets out the Council’s stance on the 'Relevance of Convictions, Cautions and Endorseable Fixed Penalties in assessing whether an applicant is a fit and proper person'.
The decision was made that the licence would be allowed to be retained and the driver be issued with a final warning letter in respect of future conduct stating that if any further convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands are received they would be referred immediately to the General Licensing Sub-Committee.