Taxi licence for Forres man despite police concerns

A Forres man seeking a taxi licence who had sparked concerns because of his “violent and unpredictable behaviour” was given a second chance by Moray Council’s licensing committee on Wednesday.

Police had raised concerns over the suitability of Carl Davies, who is a driver for Len’s Taxis based in the town, telling the committee that he had in the past demonstrated “violent, unpredictable behaviour” towards members of the public.

However, solicitor Matthew O’Neill urged councillors to give Mr Davies another chance, saying: “Mr Davies accepts there are matters here that cause the committee some concern.

“I would suggest a licence is granted for one year to show he is suitable for the job.”

Neil Verner, a director of Len’s Taxis, said: “Carl is very good with people and well liked in Forres – he will make a valuable addition to the staff.”

The committee had been told that Mr Davies had an unspent conviction from June 2011 when he head-butted and punched the door of a bar during a dispute with a former girl friend. He then head-butted a bystander who had asked him to stop – he was later ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

Licensing committee members agreed to grant a one-year Taxi licence to be renewed only if he was well behaved.

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