Taxi Touting occurs when an unlicensed vehicle operates as a taxi without meeting specific criteria. The driver of an unlicensed vehicle cannot solicit people in a public place to hire their vehicle as a means to transport them as passengers, nor can they display the words ‘taxi’, ‘cab’ or ‘hire’ on the vehicle. Even the driver of a licensed private hire vehicle can fall foul of the taxi touting laws by accepting passengers without the fare being booked through the minicab office. It is worth noting that using the vehicle in this way may invalidate the drivers insurance policy, leaving them with further charges of driving without insurance.
It has become very common for minicab drivers to lose their private hire vehicle licences following a conviction for taxi touting, which then affects future employment as a minicab driver.
How can TV Edwards Driving Offence solicitors help?
TV Edwards’ driving offence solicitors have helped many people facing taxi touting offences to keep their licences. Our experienced solicitors understand the stresses of being charged with a driving offence and the implications it can have on your work and personal life.