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

Allegations against taxi/private hire drivers

Malicious allegations can be difficult for a licensed driver to manage and there is a lot to consider. It is important for any such a driver to be well represented by an expert in both taxi/private hire law and criminal law.

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Minimum wage for private hire drivers?

Will there be a change in Government policy to introduce a minimum wage requirement for private hire drivers? We look at the Government’s response to a Parliamentary question.

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Will there be a statutory definition of cross border hiring and plying for hire?

Whilst we still await the Department for Transport’s final Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing report, the newly re-elected chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Taxis has given an indication of the lobbying they will be focussing on in the forthcoming year.

Will there be a statutory definition of cross border hiring and plying for hire?

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CCTV in taxis – What is the law on continuous recording?

Continuous recording CCTV systems are systems that start recording whenever a vehicle is running and continues to record until the vehicle engine is switched off. When a taxi or private hire vehicle is used privately (i.e. not for hire or reward), the CCTV system continues to record.

Is continuous recording CCTV systems installed in taxis lawful?

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Disclosures on Enhanced Criminal Records Certificates

The Supreme Court recently handed down an important ruling concerning information that can be disclosed on an enhanced criminal records certificate (“ECRC”). The ruling handed down by the Supreme Court in this case will have implications for the taxi and private hire sector.

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Is it worth appealing a decision of a licensing authority?

Taxi Defence Barristers offer clients a free initial case assessment. During this free initial case assessment conversation, clients often ask if it is worth appealing a decision of a licensing authority.

When deciding whether an appeal is worth the effort, time and cost, there are a number of things to consider.

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Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Law Reform in Wales

Follow us Earlier this year, the Welsh Government launched a consultation on wholesale taxi and private hire licensing law reform in Wales. Currently, the same legislative framework for regulating taxi and private hire licensing exists in both England and Wales. ...

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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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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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