taxi law

Parry and Welch Solicitors LLP

Our taxi licensing service exists to help drivers, owners and operators gain and maintain their licences.
If you:

  • are having difficulties obtaining a licence,
  • are facing a council investigation, or;
  • you have been called before the Committee

We are here to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Calling us early may help avoiding the cost of an appeal or the loss of your licence.

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Our Services

Advice and Assistance Applying for a Driver’s Licence

Taxi and PHV Driver’s Licences
If you are applying for a private hire vehicle or hackney driver’s licence you must be a fit and proper person to hold that licence, have a right to work in the United Kingdom and have held a DVLA driver’s licence.
There are no hard and fast rules as to what qualities a fit and proper person must have, but in general terms council’s are looking for good safe driver’s who physically and mentally fit, sober and who are unlikely to take advantage of their passenger’s, steal from them or assault them. In other words, they are looking for someone they would allow their close relatives to get in a car with alone.
Previous criminal or motoring convictions will always be considered by council’s but need not always disqualify someone from holding a PHV or hackney licence. Most councils have a taxi policy and eligibility criteria differ from council to council. Nearly all council’s ask whether an applicant has held a previous hackney or PHV licence or had an application for a licence refused, so its important to get your application right first time.
In many cases licences are granted by the council’s officers but difficult cases are usually referred to the council’s licensing committee.

We can help by:

  • Advising you about your council’s policy before you apply, saving you from the risk and expense of refusal;
  • Helping you assess your prospect of success if you have previous convictions and identifying the best council to apply to where you have a choice;
  • Representing you before the committee if your application is not straight forward;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you at an appeal to a magistrates’ or Crown Court.

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Advice and Assistance Applying for a Vehicle and Operator’s Licence

Operator’s Licences

Private Hire Operators may be individuals, partnerships or limited companies, but however they are structured the person or organisation who holds an operator’s licence must be a fit and proper person to do so. In general terms the fit and proper person test requires the council to be satisfied that the operator will take care of the personal information they gather about their passengers and will not use that information for dishonest purposes or in other words the council will ask itself the quest “would we happy about this person knowing the movements of our close relatives or the dates they on holiday?”  Council’s also impose rules about the records that must be kept and the type of premises the operator must have. Individual requirements vary from council to council.

We can help by:

We can help by:

  • Helping you choose the right business structure for your operator’s business;
  • Advising you about what the council requires and how to satisfy their requirements;
  • Liaise with the Council on your behalf before you submit your application;
  • Representing you before the committee if your application is not straight forward;
  • Advising and representing you in relation to any enforcement issues;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you at an appeal to a magistrates’ or Crown Court

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Advice and Assistance Applying for a Vehicle Licence

Council’s requirements as to taxi and private hire vehicle accessibility, design and type differ widely from council to council and are set to change as council’s come under increasing pressure to meet struct environmental targets. Age restrictions and testing conditions also vary greatly from council to council and frequently cause friction between the vehicle operator and the council
We can help by:

  • Assisting you with consultations about the council’s vehicle policy;
  • Challenging Council policy;
  • Advising and representing you in applications for new or renewed vehicle licences
  • Representing you before the committee;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you at an appeal to a magistrates’ or Crown Court

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Advice and Assistance in disciplinary proceedings:

Investigations by the council’s licensing enforcement officers can lead to the loss of your hackney, PHV, operator or vehicle licence and your livelihood.
Effective representation at the start of the investigation can make all the difference and save you the cost of an appearance before the licence committee or an appeal to a magistrates’ court.
Call us BEFORE you call them; your first call is always free.

We can help by:

  • Liaising with the enforcement officers to discover the nature of the allegation against you before you attend for interview;
  • Representing you at an enforcement interview;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you at a licensing committee hearing
  • Advising, assisting and representing you at an appeal to a magistrates’ or Crown Court

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Advice, assistance and representation for drivers, operators and owners facing a police investigation or road traffic prosecution

If you are a PHV or hackney driver or operator the police will provide details of any relevant investigation to the council which issues your licence. Accepting a fixed penalty ticket or a police caution as a quick way of resolving a situation can cause your licence to be suspended or revoked. Getting help in the police station can make all the difference.
We offer a full range of privately funded representation to anyone accused of a road traffic or criminal offence. We do not offer legal aid because many of you are not eligible for it and we do not believe are private clients should subsidise the costs those who receive legal aid.
If you are called in by the police for a voluntary interview, call us first. Your first call is always free.
We can help you with:

  • Liaising with police officers to discover the nature of the allegation against you before you attend for interview;
  • Representing you at an interview with the police;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you if you are charged in a magistrates’ or Crown Court;
  • Advising, assisting and representing you in any ancillary council led enforcement proceedings.

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Latest News...

Decision to Immediately Revoke Licence Challenge Starts

Burnley Council’s decision to immediately revoke a PHV driver’s licence on the grounds of public safety is being challenged by Parry and Welch Solicitors by Judicial Review proceedings which were started today. The PHV driver was given no notice of the allegation which led to his licence being revoked before he was called to an…

Appeal Delayed Until September 2, 2019

Lack of magistrates’ court rooms in Lancashire has resulted in a private hire driver having his appeal against the immediate revocation of his PHV driver’s licence being delayed until September 2, 2019 as that was the earliest date the court could accommodate the matter at any of Lancashire’s remaining magistrates’ court. Commenting on the delay,…

Prosecution For Plying For Hire Thrown Out at Derby Magistrates’ Court

Are PHV drivers capable of doing a good turn? Earlier today we were art Derby Magistrates Court defending a PHV driver who had been accused of plying for hire. Two police officers we’re undertaking a covert operation and had approached our client in the city centre when parked up. They were told no prior booking…

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