Private hire and hackney carriage licences enable the holders to work as taxi drivers – their revocation means the loss of the holder’s livelihood. Edward has experience of allegations of criminality relating to taxi drivers, including speeding, touting, and more serious crimes. His experience also includes appealing decisions to revoke licences arising from unproven allegations and complaints by passengers as well as those made by the police.
He has successfully appealed Local Authority decisions to revoke licences, satisfying courts that drivers do satisfy the fit and proper person test and that there is no reasonable cause to revoke their licences under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
Recent work has included advising a plc in a high profile marketing campaign which involved the use of hackney carriages (black cabs). This included advice on the legitimacy of hiring out various taxis following liaison with the local authority concerned and led to a substantial cost saving for the project as a whole.
In addition to the above licensing work Edward also deals with other regulatory work on request. For more information please contact Edward’s clerks.