Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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Election of Chairman


It was moved by Councillor M Hay, seconded by Councillor G Hoult and




Councillor A C Saffell take the chair for the remainder of the meeting.



Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.



Declarations of Interest

Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring disclosable interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is pecuniary or non-pecuniary.



There were no declarations of interests



Exclusion of Press and Public

The officers consider that the press and public should be excluded during consideration of the following items in accordance with Section 100(a) of the Local

Government Act 1972 as publicity would be likely to result in disclosure of exempt

or confidential information.





In pursuance of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and in the circumstances of the matter under consideration, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.



Consideration of a Dual Hire Driver's Licence

Report of the Licensing Enforcement Officer


The Chairman introduced the parties and outlined the procedure to be followed.


The Licensing Enforcement Officer presented the report, which asked members to consider the conduct of a Dual Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver.


The report set out the details of a complaint made against the Licensee about a journey undertaken on 15 June 2021. The passenger had alleged that the Licensee had an inappropriate conversation with her in which he made sexual advances which made her feel extremely uncomfortable, so much so that she reported this incident to the Council on 16 June 2021 and provided a signed witness statement. The report also referred to two historical complaints.


The Chairman invited questions from Members. There were none.


Following a question from the Legal Adviser, the Operator of Coalville Yellow Cabs explained that when the complainant called, she requested that the same driver not be despatched to that address in the future and it was agreed that a marker would be placed on the file to this effect, which he says, was done. However, for an inexplicable reason, this marker had been removed which resulted in the driver being despatched to this address for a second time which resulted in a complaint to the Council.


The licensed driver was invited to address the meeting. He advised that he had been a taxi driver for more than 13 years and enjoyed his work and treated all his customers with respect and courtesy. He advised that he tried not to engage too much in conversation with his customers but with some passengers, this was unavoidable if he wanted to maintain customer satisfaction. He would never give out his personal details if asked, as it was against company policy. When referring to the complaint, he advised that the complainant referred to her single status and that she was looking for ‘fun’ and ‘friends with benefits’ and asked if he would be interested. He advised that he told her he was married and not interested in her proposal. He alleged that she then referred to their conversation having been ‘inappropriate’ and referred to the fact that she said she ‘could be nasty and take things further’.


On the second occasion. The licensed driver admitted that he should have realised his fare was the same person and refused to pick her up. Instead, he was greeted by her swearing at him, so he offered her the opportunity of calling another taxi company. She is alleged to have refused this offer as she needed to get to work but asked him not to speak to her and referred to him as a ‘pervert’ for not being interested in her previously. She is alleged to have continued swearing at him throughout the journey.


On another occasion, he had been vaping in the smoking area of the pub after work when two women approached him advising that they were lesbians, and they were celebrating one of their birthdays. He wished them a happy birthday and they advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.