What does Revoked Taxi License Mean
When looking into the question of ‘what does Revoked Taxi License Mean?’ you quickly find that the law is complex and takes into account a number for factors. After a complaint is made to the Public Carriage Office about a black cab or minicab driver, a series of events can be triggered.
Once a district council decides to take action, they can give the ‘driver notice of the grounds on which the licence has been suspended or revoked or on which they have refused to renew such licence within fourteen days of such suspension, revocation or refusal and the driver shall on demand return to the district council the driver’s badge issued to him’. This process obviously gives a very limited time-frame to challenge suspension and revocation of drivers’ licences. So what does revoked taxi license mean to black cab and private hire drivers? In short, it means trouble – you have very little time to turn things around and would probably benefit from competent legal assistance.
It is vital that taxi drivers seek professional legal help to heve the best chance of a positive outcome.'
The law relating to taxi license revocation
(1) Notwithstanding anything in the Act of 1847 or in this Part of this Act, a district council may suspend or revoke or (on application therefor under section 46 of the Act of 1847 or section 51 of this Act, as the case may be) refuse to renew the licence of a driver of a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle on any of the following grounds:—
(a) that he has since the grant of the licence—
(i) been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty, indecency or violence; or
(ii been convicted of an offence under or has failed to comply with the provisions of the Act of 1847 or of this Part of this Act; or
(b) any other reasonable cause.
(2)(a) Where a district council suspend, revoke or refuse to renew any licence under this section they shall give to the driver notice of the grounds on which the licence has been suspended or revoked or on which they have refused to renew such licence within fourteen days of such suspension, revocation or refusal and the driver shall on demand return to the district council the driver’s badge issued to him in accordance with section 54 of this Act.
(b) If any person without reasonable excuse contravenes the provisions of this section he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F106level 1 on the standard scale].
[F107(2A)Subject to subsection (2B) of this section, a suspension or revocation of the licence of a driver under this section takes effect at the end of the period of 21 days beginning with the day on which notice is given to the driver under subsection (2)(a) of this section.
(2B) If it appears that the interests of public safety require the suspension or revocation of the licence to have immediate effect, and the notice given to the driver under subsection (2)(a) of this section includes a statement that that is so and an explanation why, the suspension or revocation takes effect when the notice is given to the driver.]
(3) Any driver aggrieved by a decision of a district council under [F108subsection (1) of] this section may appeal to a magistrates’ court.
So what does a revoked taxi license mean for drivers?
What does a revoked taxi license mean? For taxi drivers, and particularly Hackney Carriage or Black Cab drivers in London, these taxi licenses take a great deal of effort to achieve, often a minimum of two years, learning the knowledge in all weathers whilst driving a moped, and all at their own expense. Decisions of TfL (Transport for London) and the PCO (Public Carriage Office) to refuse to renew licences whether it be on the basis of criminal convictions, failure to notify or issues of medical fitness can essentially mean the loss of livelihood for taxi drivers. Due to the complexities of hackney carriage and private hire laws, it is vital that drivers seek professional help in such circumstances.
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Taxi Driver Defence Barristers are an expert team who focus on taxi licence refusal and revocation appeals. Our taxi barristers have had many success in challenging the decisions of TfL and the PCO. Our barristers don’t underestimate importance of guiding clients through the complexities of taxi law. We make sure our clients understand at each stage what is happening and why.
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