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With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Guildhall

Contact: Sarah Royce  Committee Officer

Items
No. Item

12.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor John Phillips.

13.

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To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 June 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 June 2019 be signed as a correct record.

 

Minute 4 - Difficult Decisions – Update

 

An update was sought regarding the future options for Private Hire Vehicle MOT testing as a result of the removal of the Council’s MOT testing provision under the Difficult Decisions budget process.  Officers confirmed that a procurement exercise would be undertaken as soon as possible.  Members reiterated their concerns regarding the proposal, the lack of consultation with this Committee and sought clarification as to when and by whom the decision had been made.

 

RESOLVED – That the Chair write to the Leader of the Council and the Lead Member for Place – Environment & Transport raising the concerns of the Committee in respect of the removal of the facility to undertake MOT testing of Private Hire Vehicles at the Council depot.

 

14.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In considering whether to exclude the press and public from the next part of the meeting, Members are asked to consider the following factors when determining the public interest test.

 

Agenda Item 6 – 11:  The Proper Officer has determined in considering this report that Paragraph 12 should apply.  Her view on the public interest test was that to make this information public would disclose personal data relating to an individual in contravention of the principles of the Data Protection Act.  Because of this and since there did not appear to be an overwhelming public interest requiring the disclosure of personal data she felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

It is therefore recommended that the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following items as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

Minutes:

Agenda Items 6 to 11: Members determined in considering these reports that Paragraph 12 should apply. Their view on the public interest test was that to make this information public would disclose personal data relating to an individual in contravention of the principles of the Data Protection Act. Because of this and since there did not appear to be an overwhelming public interest requiring the disclosure of personal data they felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following items of business, as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

15.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/29/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence outlined in report COPR/29/19 be granted and the Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory write to the applicant expressing the concern of the Committee regarding his recent conviction and to issue a severe warning as to his future conduct.

16.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/31/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members were informed that the applicant was not present and had not given any reason for not attending.

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of report COPR/31/19 be deferred to the next meeting to afford the applicant one further opportunity to attend.

17.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/32/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence outlined in report COPR/32/19 be granted.

18.

Conduct of a Private Hire Driver

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

Members were informed that report COPR/30/19 had been withdrawn as the Private Hire Driver had surrendered his licence.

19.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/37/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence outlined in report COPR/37/19 be granted.

20.

Conduct of a Private Hire Driver

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/28/19) to consider the conduct of a Private Hire Driver.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Driver.

 

RESOLVED – That the Private Hire Driver’s Licence referred to in report COPR/28/19 be suspended for a period of 7 days under Section 61 (1) (b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 on account of his recent conviction.

21.

Any other items which the Chair decides are urgent

Minutes:

The Chair was of the opinion that the following matter be dealt with as a matter of urgency in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972 by reason of the fact that it would be unnecessarily delayed if held over to the next meeting.

 

(i) Motoring Offence C80 – Using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle

 

It was noted that the motoring offence C80 – using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle was considered a major motoring offence which could result in the imposition of 6 penalty points.  Members requested that the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy – Suitability Criteria for Drivers and Operators be updated accordingly.  Officers were requested to write to Operators to stress the seriousness with which the Committee viewed this offence.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy – Suitability Criteria for Drivers and Operators be updated to reflect the current penalty in respect of C80 – Using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle.

 

(ii)        That Officers write to Operators stressing the Committee’s view of the seriousness of offence C80 – using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle.