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Private hire vehicle operator in High Wycombe has its licence to operate revoked

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Aylesbury Crown Court. (Archive picture)

A private hire vehicle operator in High Wycombe has had their licence to operate revoked.

Royal Cars, also known as Crown Cars, Wycombe Express and Elite Cars (High Wycombe) based in Desborough Park Road, High Wycombe has been stripped of its licence to operate in the Wycombe District.

Breaches of licence conditions and other issues concerning public safety led Wycombe District Council to determine that the licensed operator of the private hire business was no longer a ‘fit and proper person‘ to hold an operator licence. As a result the licensed operator initially had his private hire vehicle operator licence revoked by Wycombe District Council in June 2017.

The operator had appealed the revocation and was allowed to continue to operate until the conclusion of his appeal.

On Tuesday 20th February 2018, at hearing held at Aylesbury Crown Court, the appeal was dismissed by HH Judge Tulk and two magistrates as the operator had failed to attend the hearing and had provided no grounds in support of his appeal.

Wycombe District Council have been awarded their full legal costs in relation to this matter in the sum of £17155.94.

The revoked licence allowed the former operator to use the trading names including:

  • Royal Cars
  • Royal Taxis
  • Royal Executive Transport Transfers
  • Crown Cars
  • Crown Taxis
  • Crown Airport Taxis
  • Crown Airport Travel
  • Crown Executive Cars
  • Royal Crown Cars
  • Wycombe Express
  • Excel Cars

Cllr John Savage, Chairman of Wycombe District Council’s regulatory and appeals committee, said: ‘The decision to revoke the licence was not taken lightly, but was made with the ultimate aim of protecting the public from the actions of an irresponsible operator.

Royal Cars – and other trading names – has shown a blatant disregard for public safety in the way that it has been operating and we are delighted that the court has recognised all the hard work and overwhelming evidence provided to support the council’s decision to revoke this licence.

The result is that Royal Cars can no longer legally operate under any of its trading names in this district.

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