Man loses licence fight

A man has been ordered to pay £850 in costs to Erewash Borough Council after losing his appeal against a decision to refuse his application for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates dismissed Mr Naeem Akhtar’s appeal on Thursday when he failed to turn up at court.

His application for a taxi licence went before the council’s Driver Licensing Panel in April this year, but the committee decided he was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence on the grounds of public safety.

The decision was made after checks with the DVLA revealed a drink driving disqualification received in 2006 and a totting up of points disqualification received in 2010. It was also discovered that Mr Akhtar held a second licence and a further undisclosed driving disqualification for a speeding offence received in 2006.

Cllr Barbara Harrison said: “We hope this sends out a strong message that public safety is paramount when considering the suitability of applicants for vehicle licences.”