Public Carriage Office (PCO) Private Hire Licence Appeals

Taxi Defence Barristers are leading private hire licensing defence barristers regularly instructed to act for private hire applicants and licence holders in all matters relating to Transport for London (TfL) licence appeals, refusals, revocations and related licensing matters.

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TfL private hire licence refusals

If you want to become a private hire driver with Transport for London, you need to be a “fit and proper” person.  To assess whether private hire licence applicants are fit and proper, TfL require all private hire licence applicants to undertake the following assessments/tests:

  • You must be at least 18 years old at the time of applying (although you cannot be licensed until you are 21 years old). There is no upper age limit, as long as you meet the other licensing requirements
  • You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland, or other European Economic Area state driving licence
  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You will be required to undertake an ‘enhanced’ criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • You must be medically fit which means meeting the DVLA Group 2 medical standards
  • You will need to undertake a topographical skills assessment from a TfL accredited assessment centre

Your application could be refused if you are deemed medically unfit or if you have a criminal record.

If you have any of the following, TfL advise that they are likely to refuse your application:


  •  Any conviction for a major violent offence (murder, manslaughter etc)
  • Whether you have more than one conviction of any type of violent offence in the last 10 years
  • If you are still serving a custodial sentence, even if you have been released early on licence or the sentence was suspended
  • If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for a serious sexual offence (rape, indecent assault, trafficking, possession of indecent images etc)
  • Whether you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for more than one sexual offence of any type, irrespective of age
  • Whether you are listed on either the Children’s or Adults’ barred list
  • If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for touting in the last 12 months or have more than one penalty for touting in the last five years

TfL licence refused?

Taxi Defence Barristers are licensing experts in all matters relating to private hire licensing law and regularly act for clients in TfL private hire licence appeals.

TfL private hire licence revocations & suspensions

Private hire drivers licensed by TfL, can have their licences revoked or suspended if they are considered to no longer be fit and proper people.

Private hire licences can be revoked of suspended in cases where, for example, a TfL licence holder becomes medically unfit or has been cautioned or convicted of an offence.  TfL can also act in relation to complaints, intelligence and allegations relating to private hire licence holders.

Private hire drivers who have had their driver licences either revoked or suspended by TfL have a right of appeal.

TfL licence revoked?

If you are a TfL Private hire licence holder facing legal difficulties with your licence, contact Taxi Defence Barristers today for a free, no-obligation case assessment.

TfL private hire licence appeals

Decisions made by the Public Carriage Office (PCO) to refuse, revoke or suspend a private hire driving licence is subject to appeal.  In the first instance, an appeal should be lodged with the Magistrates’ court within 21 days of being notified of the Public Carriage Office (PCO) decision.

Appeal a TfL decision

It is strongly advisable that TfL private hire licence holders who are seeking to appeal a decision seek independent legal advice and representation.