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.

Taxi Touting

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.

Overcharging passengers

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 our Taxi Offence Team

If you are a Taxi Driver facing a motoring offence, which could lead to disqualification and the potential for loss of livelihood, then it makes perfect sense to give yourself the very best chance of beating a potential driving ban. 

Please contact Motoring Offence Solicitors. We offer the very best privately funded legal representation to commercial drivers accused of driving offences in Manchester and across the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page.