A TAXI driver from Stratford district has been suspended for failing to report three driving convictions.
The driver, a 74-year-old man from Honeybourne, failed to inform Stratford District Council of the convictions, which totalled nine penalty points on his licence. These penalty points were only revealed as part of his application to renew his dual driver’s licence. The offences occurred over a nine-month period between July 2021 and March 2022.
The driver was suspended for 12 weeks by SDC’s licensing panel.
SDC’s policy and conditions for hackney carriage and private hire drivers state that ‘the proprietor of a licensed vehicle should notify the council in writing of any conviction or caution recorded against him or of any penalty points incurred within seven days of such a conviction being imposed’.
Given that this was not the first occasion the driver had been before SDC’s licensing panel for this type of matter, the driver was fully aware of the need to report such offences.
The driver was also requested to provide the licensing department with a DVLA share code every three months for the duration of his dual driver’s licence, so that his driving licence can be checked for penalty points that may have accrued.
The decision can be appealed to the Magistrate’s Court. Any such appeal must be brought within 21 days from the date on which the notice of the decision is served.