Three taxi drivers were awarded over £11,000 of taxpayers' money after Stoke-on-Trent council lost an appeal made by local cabbies at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
The cabbies appealed decisions made following meetings with Stoke-on-Trent City Council's licensing committee.
The four court appeals included:
One taxi driver awarded £8,215 costs after the council refused his request to licence a saloon vehicle and no longer transport wheelchair users;
One taxi driver awarded £1,262 costs after the council withdrew his licence for allegedly breaching conditions;
One taxi driver awarded £1,800 costs after the council withdrew his licence following a conviction for child neglect;
No costs awarded to a cabbie who got his licence back after being accused of sexual assault.
According to Stoke-on-Trent Live Vice-chairman Councillor Chris Robinson said: “If we had the full information in some cases we may have made a different decision."
Dave Currie who stood as the Stoke-on-Trent representative on the National Private Hire Association said "The licensing panel changes every so often and when it gets new members they're like a child with a stick - they go around hitting things and tend to shoot from the hip.
“There is only one set of people who can take plates off a driver and that's the magistrates, unless there is an extreme situation where a person has been driving dangerously."