Close to 400 personal licenes revoked in South Ayrshire

Close to 400 personal licences have now been revoked by South Ayrshire Council as a result of strict Scottish Government guidelines.

The Gazette revealed last month that 263 individuals had lost their licences as a result of their failure to take personal licence refresher courses and submit documents to local councils before the end of last year.

And a meeting of South Ayrshire Council’s licensing board heard on Thursday that a further 127 licences have now been revoked by council bosses in the last month.

That means a staggering 390 personal licences have now been revoked in South Ayrshire alone with figures revealing almost 10,000 personal licences have been revoked across Scotland putting jobs and livelihoods at risk.

Scottish Government laws mean that anyone in Scotland who failed to undertake refresher training faces a five year ban before they can apply for a licence again.

It is understood the Government are planning to review the laws which could potentially remove the five year penalty.

However, the new rules may not come into force to summer this year leaving many people who have had their licences revoked facing an uncertain future over the next few months.

Calls to renew personal licences regularly came from the council’s licensing standards officer Catrina Andrew.

She warned councillors at a meeting of the licensing board in November that only 307 personal licence holders in the area had completed refresher training out of an anticipated 663 licence holders.

Any personal licence holder who was issued with a licence on or before September 1st 2009 should have completed retraining by 31 August 2014.

They were also required to provide the board with a certificate to prove training had taken place and also to hand in their original personal licence for updating.

Those who have failed to do so have had their licence revoked.