A MAN who has been convicted of a string of criminal offences including theft and dangerous driving has lost a court appeal to obtain a taxi licence.
Israr Ali, 21, of Gillett Road in Banbury applied to Daventry District Council for a Hackney Carriage licence in May this year.
As part of the application process, Mr Ali was required to provide a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check which revealed details of 16 convictions ranging from theft to dangerous driving.
As a result of his disclosure, Daventry District Council rejected his application before Mr Ali launched an appeal against the refusal through Northampton Magistrates’ Court.
However, last Friday magistrates dismissed his appeal and awarded Daventry District Council £1,743 in court costs.
Following the outcome of the appeal, the council has used the decision to remind people who are considering applying to be a taxi driver that licences will only be granted to those who are considered to be “fit and proper” persons.
Ian Vincent, chief executive of Daventry District Council, said: “Anyone who drives a taxi in the district must be licensed by the council and it’s very important that we are satisfied that the public are safe with those drivers.
“This case is a good opportunity to remind potential applicants that they will be subject to a criminal records check and other criteria which ensures they can be considered ‘fit and proper’ persons.
“Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers hold a position of responsibility and are trusted by the community to transport adults, children and vulnerable people, so it’s vital that we have a robust criminal records policy in place.”
For more information about applying for a licence go to www.daventrydc.gov.uk
Alternatively contact Daventry District Council’s environmental health team on 01327 871100.