If you have been accused of a taxi offence, such as touting or driving without a taxi license, contact us today to speak to one of our expert motoring solicitors. Here at PDA, we understand how devastating a taxi offence conviction can be. Many taxi offences have the potential to result in the revocation of a driver’s license, disabling the driver’s ability to earn an income. We will work relentlessly to secure an outcome that has the least amount of impact on your livelihood and ability to find work in the future.
I have been driving a taxi without a license, what happens now?
In the UK, all taxis must be licensed and it is a motoring offence to drive a taxi without a proper license. Unlicensed drivers will be found guilty of driving a taxi or private hire vehicle without a license if they are caught trying to solicit custom in a public place, or seen referring to their vehicle as a taxi, such as by having the word ‘taxi’ displayed on their vehicle. The penalty for operating a taxi without a license is a fine of up to £2,500 and convicted drivers often struggle to obtain licenses in the future. Furthermore, using your vehicle as an unlicensed taxi will automatically invalidate your license, leaving you liable for charges of driving without insurance. The penalties for driving without insurance are potentially severe, ranging from points and a fine to disqualification from driving.
My license has been revoked, what can I do?
If you have been accused of committing a taxi offence and have had your license revoked, you should contact one of our specialist solicitors as soon as possible to discuss your case. Taxi license law is extremely complex and all cases of revoked taxi licenses should be advised on by a qualified legal professional. Your local authority has the right to approve, reject, suspend and revoke taxi licenses. If your taxi license is revoked, it could have a severe impact on your livelihood, potentially jeopardising your ability to source an income.
I falsified details on my application, what can I do?
Falsifying details on a taxi license application is a criminal offence and is punishable by a fine of up to £250. If you are caught falsifying information on your application, you may find it difficult to have an application approved in the future. If you have falsified information, speak to one of our solicitors today to discuss your defence.
Touting and Plying for Trade
Taxi touting is illegal. It is an offence that both licensed and unlicensed taxi drivers can fall foul of. Touting for trade involves soliciting people in a public place to hire a vehicle to carry them as a passenger. For taxi drivers without a license, it is an offence to solicit people in public or display the word ‘taxi’ on your vehicle. For licensed taxi drivers, it is an offence to transport a passenger who hasn’t booked through a licensed minicab operator. The regulations regarding booking a taxi in advance have been enforced to help preserve the safety of both passengers and drivers. If you have been accused of touting, you will face a fine of up to £2,500, regardless of whether you are a licensed or unlicensed taxi driver. Licensed drivers should be aware that transporting a passenger who hasn’t booked in advance through the registered office could invalidate their insurance, opening them up to driving without insurance charges as well as touting penalties.
I have been accused of processing incorrect fares, is there anything I can do?
Taxi drivers can be legally prosecuted for charging customers more than the amount specified by the local authority. If you are found guilty of charging a customer more, you could face a £1,000 fine and be ordered to repay the difference to the customer. If you have been accused of processing incorrect fares, you should contact a solicitor; there may be reasons that caused you to over-charge your customers (such as a problem with the fare meter) that need to be considered.
How can PDA help?
Our expert legal professionals are well versed in taxi law, making PDA the ideal choice when it comes to securing legal representation. If you have been accused of committing a taxi offence, get in touch with us now to discuss your case and receive advice and guidance by calling 01244 373373. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for you.