A PRIVATE hire driver has lost an appeal against North West Leicestershire District Council’s refusal to renew his taxi licence.
At a hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, Brendan Hughes had argued that losing his licence would cause undue financial hardship.
The court was told that the district council had refused to renew the licence because of concerns about the number of penalty points that Hughes has received for a series of speeding offences.
The court also heard that Hughes had failed to comply with the conditions attached to his licence because he has not reported the speeding offences to the licensing authority within seven days of the offence as required.
Councillor Alison Smith, portfolio holder for community services at council, said: “We welcome the outcome of this case and the confirmation that the council’s decision to refuse to renew this man’s licence was the right one. There is no excuse for persistently speeding and putting the lives of members of the public and other road users in danger. People have the right to expect that licensed drivers are fit and proper to transport them.”
The court ordered Hughes, of Derby, to pay the council’s costs of £700.