If you have recently received a summons for an offence relating to driving a taxi and are looking for some legal help then we are here to listen and advise you — contact us now!
We are regularly instructed by taxi drivers who have been prosecuted for a wide range of offences.
We can help to obtain a Hackney Carriage licence or a Private Hire licence, for both drivers and operators. In the absence of such a licence, it is an offence to purport to be a taxi driver or to solicit work as a taxi driver. It may also invalidate your Insurance, which may result in a further offence.
There are complex regulations for taxi drivers, mostly relating to the appropriate fare. Breaches of these regulations usually result in a fine.
Given the nature of the job, for many taxi drivers, relatively minor driving offences tend to be quite common; not because taxi drivers are bad drivers, but simply because of the sheer number of miles driven each year. See our speeding, careless driving and mobile phones pages for more details.
Some taxi drivers may have a case for exceptional hardship if they are facing a ban for totting up. Driving is their living, so usually at least some hardship will follow from being banned for six months if 12 points or more are totted up on their licence. If that is combined with a certain level of hardship for their family, their employers or others, there may be a case for exceptional hardship and therefore an argument that they shouldn’t be banned.
The comments above are general and should not be taken as a definitive statement of the law or procedure. Expert advice should always be sought on this area. We have not attempted to cover all the obligations or legal requirements that may arise.