January 14, 2019 - Minutes (Special)

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes


Special Council

Monday, January 14, 2019



Anderson Room
Richmond City Hall


Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie
Councillor Chak Au (entered at 3:33 p.m.)
Councillor Carol Day
Councillor Kelly Greene
Councillor Alexa Loo
Councillor Bill McNulty
Councillor Linda McPhail
Councillor Harold Steves
Councillor Michael Wolfe

Corporate Officer – David Weber

Call to Order:

Mayor Brodie called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.







Chauffeur's Permit Appeal – Mr. FAISAL NADEEM 
(File Ref. No.: 12-8275-02 ) (REDMS No. 6050666, 6050671)



Corporal Dean Etienne, Road Safety Unit, Richmond RCMP, stated that Mr. Nadeem’s application for a Chauffeur’s Permit was denied as Mr. Nadeem has accrued a number of motor vehicle violations over the course of 12 months.




Councillor Au entered the meeting (3:33 p.m.).



Cpl. Etienne reviewed Mr. Nadeem’s driving abstract and noted that Mr. Nadeem has been found at fault for more than three motor vehicle accidents and his decision for denial is based on Mr. Nadeem driving record over the past two years.  Cpl. Etienne added that he reviewed police file reports and his decision for denial was based on those records which indicated that there was sufficient evidence to issue Mr. Nadeem violation tickets.



In reply to queries from Council, Cpl. Etienne stated that (i) even one motor vehicle accident would be grounds for refusal of a Chauffeur’s Permit, (ii) grounds for refusal of a Chauffeur’s Permit are relatively lenient; for instance an applicant may have an immediate roadside suspension, i.e., impaired driving, and still be eligible for a Chauffeur’s Permit, (iii) applicants with safer driving records than that of Mr. Nadeem’s have been denied, and (iv) three to five Chauffeur Permits are denied on average per month in Richmond, and (v) Mr. Nadeem may re-apply for a Chauffeur’s Permit at any time and his application would be re-evaluated based on his driving record dating back two years to the date of his re-application.



Faisal Nadeem, applicant for a Chauffeur’s Permit, appeared before Council and provided the following information with regard to his application:




two of the violation tickets he was issued in 2018 were cancelled;




the 2018 motor vehicle accident he was involved in was not his fault;




he is disputing other violation tickets issued to him but has not yet received a court date; and




driving a taxi cab is his only employment.



In reply to query from Council, Cpl. Etienne stated that police file reports indicate that the illegal U-turn caused the collision in July 2018 and the police file reports do not indicate whether the violation ticket was cancelled; however, Cpl. Etienne remarked that violation tickets may be cancelled for a multitude of reasons.




Councillor Greene left the meeting (3:43 p.m.) and returned (3:45 p.m.).



Cpl. Etienne then advised that police file reports indicate that the violation tickets were issued while Mr. Nadeem had passengers on-board his taxi cab and in one case, Mr. Nadeem’s passengers were injured.



It was moved and seconded



That the RCMP’s denial of a Chauffeur’s Permit to Mr. Faisal Nadeem be upheld.










It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (3:46 p.m.).






Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the Special meeting of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Monday, January 14, 2019.



Mayor (Malcolm D. Brodie)

Corporate Officer (David Weber)