Three Rivers clamps down on taxi Licensing

12th November 2018

Lorna Fryer, Lead Licensing Officer and Alex Lisowski, Licensing officer from Three Rivers District Council were recently out in the district. They were checking the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles ensuring both vehicles and drivers were compliant. The evening's work resulted in 19 breaches of vehicle and driving licences, addressing other vital car maintenance needs and raising awareness about the standards expected.

In August, a driver from Gladstone Road, Watford attended St Albans Magistrates to appeal Three Rivers decision to refuse to grant him a private hire driver’s licence on the basis that he had failed to disclose his previous convictions and was not a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.

The magistrates upheld the Council’s decision to refuse the licence and stated that ‘He should have fully disclosed his pre-cons and did not find that the decision to refuse the licence was wrong’. The appeal was dismissed, and he was ordered to pay £200 costs.

Leader Member for Licencing, Cllr Steve Drury said: “We want the vehicles in our area to be road worthy and have the right licences for their trade. This enables us to deliver an excellent and safe service for all our residents. We want our officers to be vigilant and ensure standards are being met.”   

Dr Steven Halls, Chief Executive added: “We have given our compliance officers more powers to clamp down on illegal activity and take action against unsafe and unlicensed vehicles. We shall always take action against drivers breaking the rules.”