Taxi Offences & Taxi Touting offence charges

Taxis are licensed vehicles governed by strict laws in the way in which way they must be used and maintained.  There are certain 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. Driving a taxi without a valid licence is known as taxi touting (illegally plying for hire) for business. A taxi touting criminal offence will usually result in a fine.

Furthermore, other taxi offences include driving without a taxi operator’s licence, if you are caught in this position then it is highly likely that your insurance policy is no longer valid. When you agree to the terms of an insurance policy, you will be asked to agree that you will not use the vehicle for any purposes other than those stated. If you are uninsured, you may be prosecuted for driving without insurance and this offence carries a minimum of six penalty points.

Taxi drivers are also required to comply with all motoring laws such as observing the speed limit and careless/dangerous driving. Failure to observe these laws can result in penalty points on your licence and in some cases, disqualification.
If you are driving a private hire taxi, the law requires that your fare must be pre-booked.  If not, you could be charged with illegally touting (illegally plying for hire), a conviction which would also invalidate your insurance.  We at Brian Koffman & Co. have a track record of successfully defending clients in such cases with thanks to our taxi offence and taxi touting lawyers.

Being accused of committing a taxi offence could mean losing your licence, your livelihood and earnings. However, it is worth remembering that being accused of committing this type of offence does not necessarily mean that you are guilty, or you will definitely be charged for doing so. Therefore, it may be worth considering contesting any charges against you if it means it could save your licence, your job and many sleepless nights.

Why Choose Us?


As experts in defending taxi drivers charged with committing taxi offences, such as taxi touting offences, Brian Koffman & Co. will endeavour to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. We fully understand the implications of losing your licence and livelihood and we will do everything within our power to ensure that this does not happen.

If your family would ultimately suffer as a result, this may be considered exceptional hardship by the courts. There may even be some circumstances in which you can argue mitigating reasons, although you should consult with a highly experienced and professional Motoring Lawyer to help you determine whether you have a defence or not.

Panel Hearings & Licensing Investigations

A conviction for a taxi offence may result in you being required to undergo a licensing investigation and/or appear before a Panel Hearing.

We have a proven track record of handling these types of cases before the Court, in licensing investigations and at Panel Hearings and have made a crucial difference to the outcome for all of our clients who have faced being charged with taxi offences – and we can do the same for you.

Contact us today

For the very best in legal expertise and advice on all taxi offences,Please contact Brian Koffman & Co on 0161 832 3852 or submit an enquiry.