The Secretary of State appealed a finding that the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a licence to drive a passenger carrying vehicle, despite his conviction for two offences of indecent assault on a girl under 15, and his name being entered on the sex offenders’ register.
Held: There was no provision which would automatically disqualify the applicant from holding a licence. The magistrate had to make a decision in the light of the particular circumstances both private and commercial, and here, it would have been wrong to deny him the opportunity to have heard in his support, his employer who had continued to employ him.
Times 04-Dec-2002, Gazette 06-Dec-2002,  EWHC 2394 (Admin)
Road Traffic Act 1988 121(1)(b)
England and Wales
Updated: 15 April 2021; Ref: scu.178324