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Taxi driver keeps licence despite motoring offences

Created on 17/09/2019 @ 13:34
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A taxi driver from the area had her licence renewed despite motoring offences, it has emerged following a meeting in private.

A meeting of the Powys County Council Taxi Licensing Committee was held behind closed doors at Neuadd Maldwyn in Welshpool last monthto review the renewal of a Joint Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers’s Licence.

The meeting was held in private and the taxi driver has not been named.

The applicant known as “YCS” was accompanied by a relative to the meeting which was chaired by Cllr Linda Corfield.

At the meeting YCS explained the circumstances surrounding the motoring and other offences recorded against her.

The sub-committee which included Cllrs David Selby, also Mayor of Newtown, and Elwyn Vaughan of Llanbrynmair, received five references of the applicant’s good character.

The committee then decided that the applicant was a “fit and proper person” and was given a warning about further offences.

The Local Democracy Service has asked why all Taxi Licensing meeting are held in secret.

A spokesman for PCC explained: “The committee considers the applicant’s personal information and circumstances when considering applications or when reviewing an individual’s licence.

“This is confidential information so that is why the hearings are held in private session.”

Since January 1, 2017, 665 taxi licences have been issued by PCC with most licenses held by drivers in Montgomeryshire, then Breconshire and lastly Radnorshire.

According to information received by the Local Democracy Service by a Freedom of Information Request, all drivers go through a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to find out if they have a criminal record.

Since January 2017, only one driver has lost their licence.

When asked what offences had been found using the DBS checks?

PCC said that the information is not kept once a committee meeting to consider the licence has taken place.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service


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