On this page you will find information about how we deal with convictions for people applying for licences. This includes rehabilitation periods, and our approaches to different types of conviction.

Rehabilitation periods for convictions

Rehabilitation periods include:

  • The period of the sentence
  • A period of time following the end of the sentence

The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the length of the sentence.

For custodial sentences:

Sentence lengthRehabilitation period
0-6 months2 years
6-30 months4 years
30 months - 4 years7 years
Over 4 yearsNever spent

For non-custodial sentences:

SentenceRehabilitation period
Community order and youth rehabilitation order1 year
Fine1 year (from the date of conviction
Absolute dischargeNone
  • Conditional discharge
  • Referral order
  • Reparation order
  • Action plan order
  • Supervision order
  • Bind over order
  • Hospital order
Period of order

Policy on different types of convictions

There are guidelines for how we deal with different types of conviction.

Crimes resulting in death

Where an applicant or licence holder will not be licenced or will have their licence revoked if they have been convicted of a crime that:

  • resulted in the death of another person, or
  • was intended to cause the death or serious injury of another person.

Exploitation

Where an applicant or licence holder has been convicted of a crime involving or connected with abuse, exploitation, use or treatment of another individual they will not be licensed/licence will be revoked. This is the case whether the victims were adults or children. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • slavery
  • child sexual abuse
  • exploitation
  • grooming
  • psychological, emotional or financial abuse

Offences involving violence against a person

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for, or connected with, violence, a licence will not be granted until at least 10 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 10 years since they completed their sentence.

Possession of a weapon

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for possession of a weapon or any other weapon-related offence, a licence will not be granted until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

Sexual offences

A licence will not be granted if an applicant or licence holder

  • has a conviction for any offence involving or connected with illegal sexual activity, or
  • is on the Sex Offenders Register or on any barred list.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked.

Dishonesty

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for any offence where dishonesty is an element of the offence, a licence will not be granted until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

Drugs (supply)

Where an applicant or licence holder has any conviction for, or related to, the supply of drugs or possession with intent to supply, a licence will not be granted until at least 10 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 10 years since they completed their sentence.

Drugs (possession)

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for possession of drugs or related to the possession of drugs, a licence will not be granted until at least 5 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 5 years since they completed their sentence.

Any applicant may also have to undergo drugs testing for a period at their own expense to show that they are not using controlled drugs.

Discrimination

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction involving or connected with discrimination in any form, a licence will not be granted until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

Motoring convictions

Hackney carriage and private hire drivers are professional drivers charged with the responsibility of carrying the public. We accept that they can commit an offence by accident, and a single minor traffic offence would not prevent us granting a licence or affect a current licence.

However, multiple motoring convictions may show that an applicant or licence holder does not exhibit the behaviours of a safe road user and one that is suitable to drive professionally.

Drink driving, or driving under the influence of drugs

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs, a licence will not be granted until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence or driving ban.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 7 years since they completed their sentence.

In the case of driving under the influence of drugs, any applicant may also have to undergo drugs testing at their own expense to show that they are not using controlled drugs.

Using a hand-held device while driving

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction for using a mobile phone or a hand-held device whilst driving, a licence will not be granted until at least 5 years since the conviction or the end of any sentence or driving ban – whichever is the later.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 5 years since the conviction or the end of any sentence or driving ban – whichever is the later.

Any offence(s) against the 1847 or 1976 Acts to include the byelaws and a breach of conditions constituting an offence at law

Where an applicant or licence holder has a conviction under the legislation regulating the hackney carriage and private hire trade, a licence will not be granted until at least 12 months since the conviction.

In the case of an existing licence holder, the licence will be revoked and a further application will not be supported until at least 12 months since the conviction.

Policy on inappropriate behaviour

General inappropriate conduct can include:

  • that of a sexual nature
  • persistent and justified complaints against an individual driver
  • any other matters where the reporting officer is not prepared to support an application or continued licensing

Inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature

The Licensing Authority has previously dealt with complaints about drivers “chatting up” or having consensual sex with passengers after “stopping work”.

In such cases, and despite no evidenced criminality or Police investigation leading to charges, the view of the Licensing Authority is that such behaviour is inappropriate and not acceptable conduct for a professional driver.

This includes:

  • drivers asking for personal details from passengers,
  • inappropriate sexual comments (to include the sending and receiving of texts or other social media)
  • comments of an offensive or discriminatory nature whether verbally, by text or by way of social media to which there is public access

Should such complaints be received or a referral is made from another agency, and if enough evidence is found to support the allegations, the licence is likely to be revoked. Any further applications will not be supported until at least 5 years after the licence has been revoked.

For drivers receiving multiple complaints from the public, other road users or the trade (and in any one licensing period), the Licensing Authority will take a serious view accordingly.