Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Convictions and Fitness Policy

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Policy to aid Officers and Members when dealing with those applicants and licence holders who have previous convictions

Under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (“the Act”) the Bassetlaw District Council as Licensing Authority should not grant a Hackney/Private Hire Drivers Licence or a Private Hire Operators Licence unless they are satisfied that the applicant is a ‘fit and proper person’. There is no formal definition or guidance regarding the application the “fit and proper” criteria therefore it is for each Licensing Authority to develop a policy to deal with applications and reviews of licence

The Act also allows the Council to revoke or suspend a Hackney/Private Hire Drivers Licence or a Private Hire Operators Licence in the following circumstances

Hackney/Private Hire Drivers Licence

The licence holder has been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty, indecency or violence; or

  1. The licence holder has been convicted of an offence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 or Town and Police Clause Act 1847

  2. The licence holder has failed to comply with the provisions of Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 or Town and Police Clause Act 1847

  3.  of the Act of 1847 or of this Part of this Act; or

  4. For any other reasonable cause.

Private Hire Operators Licence

The licence holder has committed an offence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

  1. The licence holder has demonstrated non-compliance with the requirement of Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

  2. The licence holder has engaged in conduct which appears to the district council to render them unfit to hold an operator's licence;

  3. There has been a material change in circumstances since the licence was granted

  4. For any other reasonable cause.

To assist the Council in administering the licensing regime Members and Officers will apply the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Convictions and Fitness Policy. This policy is available to view online (below).

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Conviction Fitness Policy

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