Crawley council decision to refuse private hire drivers licence to man upheld

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Crawley Borough Council’s decision to refuse a private hire drivers licence application to a man with previous offences for dishonesty has been upheld.

Touseef Ulfat, of Maiden Lane, Langley Green, appealed against the decision to refuse his application but magistrates at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (May 28) agreed with the council.

A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said magistrates felt Ulfat, 25, was not a fit and proper person to hold a private hire drivers licence given due to his previous offences for dishonesty and none of the work and character references provided by him made mention of his previous convictions or commented on them.

As well as refusing Mr Ulfat’s appeal, magistrates also ordered him to pay a contribution towards the costs of responding to his appeal in the sum of £250.

Councillor Brian Quinn, chairman of the council’s licensing committee, said: “This case sends out a clear message that the council will only grant licences to those who are suitable persons and they are satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a driver’s licence.

“Drivers of private hire and Hackney carriage vehicles must pass all of the council’s required checks so the paying public know that they can trust licence holders.”

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