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Taxi licence refused following motoring conviction and criminal offences

Taxis in Wyre Published Thursday, 03 January 2019

Wyre Council has successfully defended the decision of its Licensing Committee to refuse to grant a dual driver licence to Beverley Jane Nightingale, in a hearing before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Ms Nightingale applied to be a licensed taxi driver in August, but was refused after the committee found that she was not fit and proper to hold a dual driver’s licence.

The decision by the committee was made due to the number of criminal convictions she had amassed for dishonesty, along with a motoring conviction for not having vehicle insurance in 2017.

The council’s conviction policy indicates a licence will not be granted where the applicant has more than one conviction for offences involving dishonesty. In addition the policy also indicates that applicants should be at least three years free of any convictions before being considered for a licence.

The Magistrates’ Court upheld the Licensing Authority’s decision and dismissed the appeal, adding that they adopted the council’s decision and reasons in their entirety.

Councillor Julie Robinson, the Chair of the Licensing Committee, commented: “We are very pleased that the Magistrates’ Court agreed with our decision on this case.

“Licensed drivers hold a position of trust in our communities and we in turn demand very high standards of integrity from the people we will issue badges to.”

The court also ordered Ms Nightingale to pay £1,324.00 towards the council’s costs in defending the case.

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