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Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

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57Power to require applicants to submit information

(1)A district council may require any applicant for a licence under the Act of 1847 or under this Part of this Act to submit to them such information as they may reasonably consider necessary to enable them to determine whether the licence should be granted and whether conditions should be attached to any such licence.

(2)Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing subsection—

(a)a district council may require an applicant for a driver's licence in respect of a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle—

(i)to produce a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner to the effect that he is physically fit to be the driver of a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle; and

(ii)whether or not such a certificate has been produced, to submit to examination by a registered medical practitioner selected by the district council as to his physical fitness to be the driver of a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle ;

(b)a district council may require an applicant for an operator's licence to submit to them such information as to—

(i)the name and address of the applicant;

(ii)the address or addresses whether within the area of the council or not from which he intends to carry on business in connection with private hire vehicles licensed under this Part of this Act;

(iii)any trade or business activities he has carried on before making the application ;

(iv)any previous application he has made for an operator's licence;

(v)the revocation or suspension of any operator's licence previously held by him ;

(vi)any convictions recorded against the applicant ;

as they may reasonably consider necessary to enable them to determine whether to grant such licence ;

(c)in addition to the information specified in paragraph (b) of this subsection, a district council may require an applicant for an operator's licence to submit to them—

(i)if the applicant is or has been a director or secretary of a company, information as to any convictions recorded against that company at any relevant time ; any trade or business activities carried on by that company; any previous application made by that company for an operator's licence; and any revocation or suspension of an operator's licence previously held by that company ;

(ii)if the applicant is a company, information as to any convictions recorded against a director or secretary of that company; any trade or business activities carried on by any such director or secretary; any previous application made by any such director or secretary for an operator's licence; and any revocation or suspension of an operator's licence previously held by such director or secretary;

(iii)if the applicant proposes to operate the vehicle in partnership with any other person, information as to any convictions recorded against that person; any trade or business activities carried on by that person; any previous application made by that person for an operator's licence; and any revocation or suspension of an operator's licence previously held by him.

(3)If any person knowingly or recklessly makes a false statement or omits any material particular in giving information under this section, he shall be guilty of an offence.

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