Agenda and minutes

Licensing, Environment & Safety Committee
Wednesday, 25th April, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Carol Hargreaves  (0161 474 3203)

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018.

Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillors and Officers were invited to declare any interests which they may have had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

The following declaration was made.

 

Personal Interest

 

Councillor

Interest

 

 

Chris Murphy

Agenda Item 10 – ‘Case No. 1663’ as he knew the driver’s representative.

 

Councillor Murphy exercised his discretion and left the meeting during the consideration of this item and took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration reported that the Corporate Director, in consultation with the Chair, had taken action to suspend ten hire car drivers’ licences.

4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and members of the Committee on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice. (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meeting on the cards provided.  These are available at the meeting).

Minutes:

No public questions were submitted.

5.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during the consideration of agenda items 7-12 that are marked "not for publication" by virtue of the paragraph 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), as they contain ‘information relating to an individual’

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of items 7-12  to prevent the disclosure of information relating to an individual as defined in Category 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the disclosure of which would not be in the public interest, would not be fair to the applicant and would breach their data protection principles.

6.

Electric private hire vehicles and the existing advertising policy pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke, 0161-474-4851, peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which informed members of a request received from an existing private hire vehicle proprietor to attach signage to the vehicle to highlight the fact that the vehicle is powered by electricity only.  The report also informed Members of the existing Council policy covering advertising on licensed private hire vehicles and hackney carriages.

 

The Committee discussed the existing policy that governs advertising on private hire vehicles and noted that the proposed signage does not comply with the existing policy.  The Committee took into account the representations of the applicant and determined that, having regard to local policy and initiatives concerning air quality, that the proposed signage promoted a positive message to the travelling public.

 

RESOLVED – That on this occasion an exception to the advertising policy should be permitted.  The Committee agreed the following:

 

     I.        The wording on the vehicle should read ‘1st 100% Electric Private Hire Vehicle in Stockport’.

    II.        If future vehicle proprietors wish to highlight the usage of an electric vehicle, then the wording ‘100% Electric Private Hire Vehicle’ would be permitted.

  III.        The size, format and positioning of the proposed text must be in accordance with the signage in the applicant’s initial proposal.

7.

Case Number P1660

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of an incident relating to an existing licensed hire car vehicle driver.

 

The Committee is requested to consider what action, if any to take in regard to the above and possible consideration of a further driving assessment to be undertaken by the driver at their own expense.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email:peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s convictions for a number of offences.

 

The Committee interviewed the applicant in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.

 

8.

Case Number P1656

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of an existing licensed hire car vehicle driver’s failure to disclose convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email: peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the driver was a fit and proper person to continue hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the driver’s failure to notify the Authority of a conviction for an offence.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That no further action be taken.

 

 

9.

Case Number P1662

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of a licensed hire car vehicle driver’s recent conduct.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the driver is a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hire car driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email:peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the driver’s recent conduct.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That no further action be taken.

 

Councillor Alanna Vine (Vice-Chair) in the chair

10.

Case Number P1663

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of a licensed hire car vehicle driver’s recent conduct.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the driver is a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hire car driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email:peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to continue to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the driver’s recent conduct.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That no further action be taken.

Councillor Chris Murphy (Chair) in the chair

11.

Case Number P1664

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of the proposed licensed hire car vehicle driver’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether this applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s convictions for a number of offences.

 

The Committee interviewed the applicant in relation to these matters.

 

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.

 

 

12.

Case Number P1665

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of the proposed licensed hire car vehicle driver’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether this applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Peter Cooke Tel 474 4851 Email peter.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car vehicle driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s convictions for a number of offences.

 

The Committee interviewed the applicant in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.