Council's Crown Court appeal keeps unsafe taxi driver off the roads
2 October 2019Cheshire West and Chester Council has successfully appealed against a decision that allowed an unsafe private hire/hackney carriage driver to continue to operate in the borough.
A Chester-based licensed driver had previously had his private hire/hackney carriage driver licence revoked by the Council’s Licensing Committee following a history of failing to notify the Council of his speeding convictions and that he was disqualified from driving. There were also complaints recorded against him for poor driving standards. In March of this year, CCTV footage showed him driving through a red light and colliding with an oncoming vehicle while carrying a passenger.
The West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court subsequently overturned the decision of the Council’s Licensing Committee.
On the grounds of public safety, the Council decided to appeal to the Crown Court against this decision and the case was heard on Friday, 27 September 2019.
Miss Recorder Johnstone sitting with two lay magistrates at Chester Crown Court upheld the Committee’s decision to revoke the licence of a private hire/hackney carriage driver.
Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “As a result of this driver’s poor driving record, his multiple driving convictions as well as his failure to inform the Council of a driving conviction within seven days (a condition of his licence), a decision was taken to revoke his dual licence to operate as a private hire/hackney carriage driver.
“Residents and visitors to the borough must be able to have faith that licensed drivers are fit and proper and their vehicles are safe and comfortable.
“Our Licensing team believed this driver posed a risk to public safety and felt strongly that an appeal against the decision of the magistrates’ court was necessary to keep him off our roads.”
Private hire and hackney carriage drivers in Cheshire West and Chester, and the vehicles they use, must meet some of the highest standards in the country, way above national guidelines.