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Taxi Legal articles and topics relating to taxi licence refusal and revocation.

Can TfL lawfully revoke licences for social media posts?

We have recently seen reports on social media that some licensed driver’s have had letters from Transport for London (TfL) threatening to revoke licences for content posted by these drivers on social media.

Can TfL lawfully revoke licences under these circumstances?

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Licence suspensions: Punishment or public safety?

Follow us There have recently been media reports of a licensed hackney carriage driver who have had their taxi driving licence suspended by Bolton Council following a case of “misconduct” by the driver. It appears from the minutes of the Licensing and Environmental...

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Guilty until proven innocent?

It is a fundamental principle of English law that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Does the same principle apply however to a hackney carriage or private hire driver?

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Losing your licence is not the end of the road

If your taxi or private hire licence is revoked, refused or suspended, the law allows you to appeal such a decision. Since you are allowed the opportunity to appeal, a decision taken by a licensing authority to take your licence away is not the end of the road.

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Are you GDPR compliant?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has brought important and significant changes to data protection laws in the UK. GDPR affects the taxi & private hire licensing too. Are you complaint?

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Can your licence be suspended for flying your country’s flag on your licensed vehicle during the 2018 Football World Cup?

In the case of Wilcock v Lancaster City Council, the High Court ruled on the interpretation of section 68. It said that “…it is accepted that the word “fitness” under section 60 includes matters such as breach of licence conditions…I have reached the clear view that the word “fitness” in section 68 means precisely the same as it means in section 60.”

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Has Uber changed it ways?

The case management hearing was held in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in last month (April). During the case management hearing, Uber said it has sought to “repair and reform” its business. It said lessons had been learned from extensive criticism by TfL.

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LPHCA Ltd (t/a Licensed Private Car Hire Association) v Transport for London (TfL)

Mr Justice Ouseley has handed down his judgement in the case of Licensed Private Car Hire Association) v Transport for London. The LPHCA was given permission by Mr Justice Dingemans on 7 February 2018 to challenge the very substantial increases in the licence fees for Private Hire Operators in London, which were imposed by TfL with effect from 3 October 2017.

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Uber’s Brighton operating licence refused

Brighton and Hove Council have refused to renew Uber’s operating licence in the city. The council refused to grant the renewal of Uber’s operating licence because, amongst other reasons, it had concerns over Uber’s commitment to use only Brighton and Hove licensed...

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Cross-border hiring

In the last PHTM issue (March 2017) I wrote about a recent case involving Delta Taxis and Uber challenging an intended use policy adopted by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council which was the council’s attempt to address cross-border hiring in its locality. The issue...

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Where do you draw the line?

Cross-border hiring and sub-contracting is increasingly becoming the norm for many hackney carriage and private hire drivers and operators throughout England and Wales.  In terms of the licensed trade, local authority and geographic boundaries are increasingly...

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When is a fare fair?

Licensing authorities have a statutory power to set the maximum fares that licensed hackney carriages (taxis) can charge for a journey. Under section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, licensing authorities have the power to “…fix the...

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Insurance matters

It is a legal requirement that you must have the right level of insurance if you are licensed to drive a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.  Most insurance policies for licensed vehicles will generally include a policy limitation of: Use for business purposes and...

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The Fit and Proper Person Test

The purpose of this blog entry is to describe what the fit and proper person test is, who it applies to and its practical application. The test applies to licensed drivers for both hackney carriages and private hire vehicles (phv) and also to private hire operators....

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Fit and Proper Person Test

Fit and Proper Person Test The ‘Fit and Proper Person Test’ is part of the process of safeguarding the public. The Local Government Association issue guidance on taxi and PHV licensing. In their introduction they set out their remit, stating that the...

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What does Revoked Taxi License Mean

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...

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Taxi legal services when you need them

Taxi Defence Barristers are taxi legal team who specialise in helping drivers who have had their licences refused or revoked. Our barristers have challenged the decisions of TfL and the PCO for many clients. We don’t underestimate importance of guiding clients through the complexities of hackney carriage and private hire laws. We ensure our clients understand at each stage what is going on.

Please contact us to discuss your taxi license refusal or revocation.

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