Taxi / touting offences
Taxi offences- Touting for hire car services
Taxis, cabs and Hackneys are all vehicles which can be legally hired to carry passengers.
It is a criminal offence for other vehicles to display the word “taxi”, “cab” or “hire” or to solicit people in a public place to hire vehicles to carry them as passengers. The law does not specify a list of vehicles this applies to and It can range from a car, to a van or even to a cycle pulled buggy. This of course excludes registered Taxi cabs that display a private hire sign as long as they are booked prior to undertaking the hired journey privately through their operators.
It is also worth noting that unlawfully "touting" in this way may invalidate any insurance policy that is in place and result in a further charge of driving without insurance being brought (carrying 6-8 penalty points.)
If charged with a touting offence then the facts of the case will be reviewed and it is the court’s interpretation of the defendant’s actions that would lead to either an acquittal or conviction.
Over recent years we have seen more and more attempts, by the Metropolitan Police in particular, to clamp down on touting. The Transport For London website explains that the primary concern for police is improving safety as they consider true taxi touts to often be engaged in more serious crime. In many cases, taxi touting clamp downs have involved police operations with officers working under cover, sometimes pretending to be lone females, pretending to be drunk or in distress. As unfair as it may seem, in such circumstances, private hire cabbies who have merely answered the question of, " how much to xyz?" with a price, can face a life changing prosecution for taxi touting.
What we can do to help
We have successfully defended drivers against touting prosecutions and persuaded the court that what our clients did could not amount to soliciting/touting by considering all of the evidence. Whilst the penalty for a taxi touting offence is financial only, a prosecution for taxi touting is often also combined with a no insurance prosecution and could spell the end of a private hire driver's ability to earn a living.
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A person charged and convicted of this offence is liable to a Level 4 fine which is anything up to £2500.
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