1. INTRODUCTION

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In December 2015, the Institute of Licensing (IoL) established a working party to look at the creation of a model or standard set of guidelines in relation to assessing the suitability of applicants and licence holders in relation to taxi drivers, operators and vehicle proprietors, taking into account the character of the applicant or licensee.  

The core project group comprises:

1.     Stephen Turner, Solicitor at Hull City Council and Licensing lead for the Lawyers in Local Government (Project Group Chair)
2.     Jim Button, James Button & Co
3.     Philip Kolvin QC, Cornerstone Barristers
4.     John Miley, Broxtowe Borough Council and National Chair for NALEO
5.     Linda Cannon, previously Licensing Manager for Basingstoke & Dean and Hart Councils, and now private licensing consultant and Chair of the IoL South East Region.
6.     Phil Bates, Licensing Manager for Southampton City Council

This ‘Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades’ is the result of the work of the project team and we welcome views on this consultation draft document.  The guidelines include consideration of antecedent history of the applicant or licence holder and its relevance to their ‘character’ as well as consideration of convictions, cautions and non-conviction information.

The Institute of Licensing is delighted to have the Local Government Association, the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers and Lawyers in Local Government jointly supporting this project with the IoL. 

We are grateful to others who have contributed to the work of the project group, including former probation officer Hannah Jones (now Housing Officer at Flintshire Council) who has assisted the group in providing the chapter on 'Offenders and Offending'.  There are many other contributors and we are grateful to everyone for their contributions.  All contributors will be acknowledged in the final post consultation document.

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Please take the time to complete this survey giving us your views on the draft guidance. 

THIS SURVEY WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON 28 FEBRUARY WHEN THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WILL END.
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