Taxi Offence Solicitors Manchester
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TAXI OFFENCES SOLICITORS MANCHESTER
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a taxi operator’s licence, if you are caught in this position then it is highly likely that your insurance policy is no longer valid.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 that would also invalidate your insurance.
We at Brian Koffman & Co. specialise in advising and representing taxi drivers across Greater Manchester and Lancashire and are proud to work many with taxi firms across the region. We have a track record of successfully defending clients in such cases 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 motoring 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.
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WHY CHOOSE US?
As experts in defending taxi drivers operating across Manchester, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, we offer expert legal advice and representation to 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, and with 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.
PENALTY POINTS AND DISQUALIFICATION FOR TAXI DRIVERS
Penalties for taxi offences include fines, licence points, disqualification and the loss of the taxi licence.
DRIVING WITHOUT A VALID TAXI LICENCE
A fine of up to £2500, plus if the insurance then becomes invalid they would face a further charge of driving without insurance.
The licence would be revoked and they would face a fine of up to £1000.
DRIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE
A maximum fine of £5000, 6 to 8 penalty points and a possibility of being banned from driving for up to 12 months.
GIVING WRONG INFORMATION WHEN APPLYING FOR TAXI LICENCE
If false information is given when applying for a taxi licence an offence has been committed and will lead to a fine. If the owner of a taxi business allows a person to drive a taxi for them knowing their details are not correct they will also be liable for a fine.
SMOKING WHILE DRIVING A TAXI
Regardless of whether any passengers were in the vehicle or not smoking in a taxi could result in a £50 fine.
Fares are authorised by the local authority and charging passengers a higher rate or prolonging a journey unnecessarily can lead to a fine of £1,000.
DRIVING A TAXI WHEN OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT – DRINK DRIVING PENALTIES
A taxi driver found to be over the legal limit while in charge of their vehicle can be fined up to £2500 but the charge of drink driving will also be applied.
Drink driving fines and punishments can include a custodial sentence and a fine of up to £5000. Not only are they endangering themselves, but also their passengers and other road users.
Up to 11 penalty points or a ban can be applied in some cases of “drunk in charge” and a driving disqualification may also be imposed for driving or attempting to drive offences.
CONTACT US TODAY
For the very best in legal expertise and advice on all taxi offences in the Manchester, Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas, please contact Motoring Offence Solicitors. We offer the very best privately funded legal representation to the region’s Taxi Drivers & Commercial Drivers accused of driving offences.
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