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Taxi Driving Offences & Taxi Licensing Investigations


We offer an initial telephone, video or face to face appointment for a fee of £200 plus VAT for all motoring offences. Lanyon Bowdler have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford and Conwy, if you do not live close to one of these locations and would like to instruct us, please note the fees may be disproportionate with the fine you are facing. Our Motoring Offence Solicitors in Conwy serve clients throughout North Wales and Mid Wales.

Taxis are governed by strict laws in the way in which way they must be used and maintained. As a taxi driver you have a responsibility for the safeguarding of the general public, therefore, contravention of the laws for taxi drivers is treated harshly.

There are strict criteria that must be met in order for a person to legally drive a taxi, and this includes the registration and licensing of the vehicle itself.

There are number of rules and regulations that apply specifically to taxi drivers and the vehicles that they drive.

Common taxi offences include:

  • Touting for hire (known as taxi touting)
  • Driving without a valid taxi licence
  • Failing to produce a valid licence
  • Driving a taxi without insurance
  • Providing incorrect details when applying for a taxi licence
  • Overcharging passengers
  • Smoking while driving taxi
  • Refusal to carry a disabled passenger

Taxi touting charges

Illegal taxi driving and soliciting for hire are serious offences. If the driver a private hire vehicle is caught soliciting for business, then their taxi licence could be revoked and they would face a fine of up to £1,000.

If you are driving a private hire taxi, the law requires that your fare must be pre-booked. If your fare is not pre-booked and you are caught soliciting for fares, this is known as ‘taxi touting’ (illegally plying for business) and you could receive a fine of up to £100 and have your licence revoked.

Taxi touting falls under two main categories:

  • Soliciting' people to hire vehicles to transport them as a passenger in a public place
  • Displaying the word 'taxi', 'cab' or 'hire' anywhere on their vehicle

This is a serious offence and a conviction could even invalidate your insurance. 

If you have been accused of taxi touting, we suggest you call our expert taxi offence solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler. We have an excellent track record of successfully defending taxi driver clients.

Driving without a valid taxi licence

If you have been caught driving a taxi without a licence you face a fine of up to £2,500. Again, driving without a valid licence could void your insurance which may result in further fines of up to £5,000 and between six - eight penalty points.

If you are not covered by a specific taxi insurance policy and you are engaging in the practice of acting as a taxi, then your general car insurance policy will not cover you and you will be charged with driving without insurance.

Failing to produce a valid licence

If you have been asked to produce a valid taxi licence, then you will have five days in which to do so. Failure to produce a valid taxi licence within time period can result in a fine up to £1,000.

Driving a Taxi without Insurance

You must have a specific taxi insurance policy as a normal car policy is considered inadequate. If you do not have adequate insurance (or your insurance is void by another offence) then you face a maximum fine is £5,000 and six or possibly eight penalty points.

Courts often view this harshly and you could also receive a ban and have your taxi licence revoked.

Providing incorrect details when applying for a taxi licence

Providing incorrect details for a taxi licence application, such as providing a false name and address when will mean that person has committed an offence.The penalty for providing false details on a taxi licence carries a fine of up to £250.
This also applies to the owner of a taxi company if they knowingly allow allows a person to drive a taxi having provided incorrect details.

Taxi drivers overcharging passengers

Overcharging passengers in a taxi, over and above those authorised by the local authority, or unnecessarily prolonging a taxi journey can lead to a fine of £1,000. Taxi passengers can also request a refund of the amount that was overcharged.
Private hire taxi operators do not fall under this legislation.
There may some defence open to a taxi driver solicitor if the taxi meter can be proved defective at the time of the alleged offence.

Smoking while driving a taxi

Smoking while driving taxi is seen as a lesser offence but could result in a £50 fine.

This is an offence under the ‘anti-smoking ban’ and can be very offensive to passengers and reports of taxi drivers smoking is not uncommon. It’s worth noting that a passenger can report a taxi driver smoking even if they were not in the taxi at the time.‘No Smoking’ signs must be clearly displayed in vehicles.
A ‘victim’ could also argue for damages.

Refusal to carry a disabled passenger in a taxi

If a taxi driver refuses to carry a disabled passenger and their guide dog, an offence is committed with a fine of up to £1,000. A taxi driver is also unable to charge extra if a disabled person is accompanied for a guide dog.

It is an offence for a taxi or taxi hire company to refuse transportation of a disabled person accompanied by a guide dog. Nor may a taxi driver request additional charges to transport a disabled passenger.

General Road Offences

In addition to the specific laws governing a taxi driver you also fall under the general driving regulations such as, drink driving whilst driving a taxi, careless driving, dangerous driving, and speeding offences.

You may well be treated more harshly due to the nature of your work and your obligation to safeguard the public.

Our Charges 

The SRA requires us to give indicative prices for limited types of work, this includes motoring offences. For more information please click here.

Accused of committing a taxi offence?

Being accused of committing a taxi offence can be serious for you as it could mean losing your licence. This of course would affect your earnings and your livelihood.
Here at Lanyon Bowdler, our team of specialist taxi offence solicitors understand this and we may be able to help you avoid being charged. Just because you are accused of committing a taxi offence type of an does not mean you are automatically guilty.
It’s worth considering contesting any charges against you if it means it could save your licence, your job and many sleepless nights. Get in touch so we can start helping you. Complete the online enquiry form today and one of specialist driving offence solicitors will get in touch with you.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

We offer an initial telephone, video or face to face appointment for a fee of £200 plus VAT for all taxi driving offences. For a friendly, down-to-earth chat about your circumstances and how best to defend any charges against you, please get in touch with our specialist team.

If you would like to speak with a member of the team please call the number at the top of this page, complete our online enquiry form, or communicate with our Live Chat facility. You can also contact the head of our motoring offence team; specialist driving offence lawyer Stephen Scully directly by text or voice on 07776 184489.

Lanyon Bowdler have established offices with expert teams of solicitors in Telford, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, and Conwy in North Wales. If you do not live close to one of these locations and would like to instruct us, please note the fees may be disproportionate with the fine you are facing.

We are one of the most recognised law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly act for clients all over the UK on motoring offence cases.  We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, but please be aware costs will be higher than instructing a local lawyer.


Professional and friendly service from Lanyon Bowdler and Stephen in particular, excellent support throughout.

- A.Vann-Aston, West Midlands.

I wish to record that the professional help and advice  I received from Lanyon Bowdler has been absolutely outstanding. It was due to the  personal “one to one”  interaction  I received  from Stephen Sculley who helped me beyond words. He made  himself available both in and out office hours responding to my phone messages, texts and e-mails almost by return, thus reducing potential stress and anxiety. My particular case was not straight forward but the final outcome , which I was more than satisfied with,  was only down to what Stephen advised me and how he dealt with and approached the situation on the day. Only a highly experienced lawyer could deal with this as he did. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company for any legal advice/assistance.

- DLT, Shrewsbury

Stephen was no nonsense, did not offer silly promises, kept my anxiety levels low in court and got me a very good outcome. Extremely good value for money. Thank you Stephen.

- R E, Herefordshire

Very, very good. You couldn't give me a better person than Stephen Scully.

- J L, Shrewsbury

I am extremely grateful to Stephen in the way in which he handled my case and represented me at court.

- A A, Shrewsbury

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