Court snubs cab driver's licence bid
A taxi driver has failed in his appeal to overturn a council's refusal to renew his licence.
Brendan Hughes, of Havenbaulk Avenue, Littleover, Derby, appealed against a decision by North West Leicestershire District Council not to renew his private hire driver licence.
Leicester magistrates dismissed his appeal despite his argument that losing his licence would cause him undue financial hardship.
The court heard the council, as the licensing authority, refused to renew Mr Hughes' licence due to concerns about the number of penalty points he had received for a "series of speeding offences".
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A solicitor for the council revealed he had also contravened conditions attached to his licence by failing to report the speeding offences within seven days.
Magistrates said they were satisfied the council's decision was reasonable, given the circumstances of Mr Hughes' driving record and his failure to comply with the conditions on his licence. The court also ordered him to pay £700 costs.