SWT Licensing Committee
Wednesday, 17th August, 2022 2.00 pm
Venue: The John Meikle Room - The Deane House. View directions
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Declarations of Interest
To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.
(The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)
Members present at the meeting declared the following personal interests in their capacity as a Councillor or Clerk of a County, Town or Parish Council or any other Local Authority:-
The Chairman introduced herself and her fellow Sub-Committee
Members, Officers, and the Legal Advisor then explained their roles. As well as acknowledging the documents, she explained the procedure to be followed during this meeting of the Sub-Committee.
The Licensing Officer introduced his previously circulated report. The hearing
was to consider an application to grant a historical vehicle license as a private hire vehicle a Morris 12/4, first registered in 1939 to operate as a private hire vehicle in the former West Somerset district area.
Detailed in the report were the recommendations for the subcommittee to consider all the elements of the vehicle application, the observations of
officers and the appropriateness of proposed exemptions to policy, as well as
proposed conditions measured against the legal requirements of Section 48 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and determine whether to approve the application to issue a private hire vehicle licence for the specified historic motor vehicle.
Members may consider the following options with regards to this application;
· to grant the application to issue a private hire vehicle licence under the standard private hire vehicle licence conditions;
· to grant the application to issue a private hire vehicle licence, subject to additional conditions at Members’ discretion;
· to refuse the application to issue a private hire vehicle licence for the proposed vehicle;
The Licensing Officer that Members consider granting the application for a private hire vehicle licence for the vehicle in question. As Members will see in the full report below, the Licensing Officer is satisfied that the applicant has
invested a significant amount into the vehicle to make it fully compliant; passing an MOT test and local council plate test to meet safety standards. Furthermore, the application itself is for a private hire vehicle, as opposed to a hackney carriage taxi, meaning that this vehicle would only be legally permitted to take pre-booked fares and would not be permitted to operate from taxi ranks or to be hailed down by customers.
The following comments and points were presented by the Applicant;
· The vehicle’s sole purpose would for the applicant to take customers over the Exmoor National Park area, weddings and proms;
· The vehicle was fully road worthy with a MOT;
The following comments/questions were raised by the sub-committee;
· Why were you restricting the capacity to two passengers only? With only two seat belts in the back, space was needed in the front seat for paperwork;