Saturday, 4 June 2011

Saxilby Man's Licence Appeal Refused

A court in Lincoln has upheld a decision taken by West Lindsey District Council to refuse a man a private hire/hackney carriage driver's licence.

Mr. Peter Kemp of Mill Lane Saxilby has been ordered to pay £270 in court costs after losing an appeal against the council's decision. Mr. Kemp was refused an application for the renewal of his licence in March 2011 by the council's Taxi and General and Licensing Committee.

The committee had to consider whether the applicant was a 'fit and proper person' to hold a licence. In determining the application they resolved he was not a fit and proper person because of his driving record of speeding offences and disqualification. He was told he would have to wait six months before reapplying.

Mr. Kemp appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court after lodging an appeal against the council's decision.

Chairman of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, Cllr. Jessie Milne, Conservative (Lea Ward), said:
"This is a fantastic result for West Lindsey District Council and shows we are not afraid to make tough decisions.

"Taking everything into account we must remember the overall aim of the licensing regime is to protect members of the public.

"This decision gives me great comfort, reassurance and confidence that the Committee's decision was the correct one, which has now been confirmed by the courts."

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