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Mr Tony Scott instructed Taxi Defence Barristers to represent him in his appeal against a decision of Conwy County Borough Council to refuse him a licence on the grounds that he was not a fit and proper person.read more
The Government has published its Inclusive Transport Strategy. What does it mean for the taxi and private hire sector?read more
An Uber driver reported for two offences of illegally plying for hire in Reading has had the charges thrown out in an important test case.read more
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?
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...read more
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?read more
Westminster Magistrates’ Court has today upheld Uber’s appeal against Transport for London’s (TfL) decision not to renew its operating licence in London.read more
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.read more
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?read more
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.”read more
As a driver of a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle, there are a number of legal duties that you have to comply with. If you do not, you may be committing an offence and face a fine of up to £1000.read more
Under section 61 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, a licensing authority can suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a driver’s hackney carriage or private hire licence on any of the following grounds:read more
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.read more
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.read more
Transport for London has extended its consultation on its proposals for improving safety in Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs).read more
The Court of Appeal have ruled in favour of TfL’s requirement to impose a “Voice Contact Requirement” on all licensed operators in the capital.read more
Councils around the country have been accused of massive failings that could endanger the public by not properly checking taxi drivers before issuing them a licence. An investigation by the Times, has revealed that Rossendale Council licensed almost 4,000 drivers...read more
Transport for London’s (TfL) Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Officers have been given sweeping new powers to carry out roadside stops without an accompanying police presence. TfL Taxi and Private Hire Compliance Officers previously undertook roadside inspections and...read more
Popular taxi & private hire insurance firm Alpha Insurance A/S has been declared bankrupt on the 8th of May 2018.read more
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...read more
Taxi and private hire licensing is one of the most complex areas of public law. This is almost exclusively as a consequence of archaic primary legislation that dates as far back as the reign of Queen Victoria. The complexity of taxi and private hire licensing is...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
In what is thought to be the first case of its kind since the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force, Milton Keynes Council recently brought legal action against a private hire operator who the council said was not licensed to operate in Milton Keynes. The legal action...read more
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...read more
At taxi defence barristers we have always advocated that there is a value in writing to a licensing authority to ask them to reconsider a decision. Sadly however we are seeing increasing numbers of drivers approaching us for advice on appealing decisions when no...read more
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....read more
Transport for London’s new online process makes the entire process applying and renewing taxi and private hire licenses quicker and easier. You will first register online at the following transport for London Link...read more
For many blind and disabled people, the use of a guide/assistance dogs are crucial to allowing them to navigate their way around towns and cities and thus giving them a level of independence. Recent statistics conducted by Guide Dogs UK says that three in every four...read more
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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.
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