Taxi Touting or Plying for Hire

Have you been accused of taxi touting, or plying for hire, and are now facing the threat of prosecution?

Are you concerned that being hit with an expensive fine, or the potential loss of your driving licence, would have a devastating impact on your livelihood?

Are you looking for an experienced specialist team of motoring offence solicitors, with extensive expertise in helping drivers like you to avoid damaging convictions?

If so, get in touch with the experts at We have more than a century of combined experience of representing clients in motoring offence cases, and can provide the personalised guidance you will need to mount a strong defence.

Call our team on 0345 241 1326 for a free consultation, or complete our online contact form to request a call back.

How Can We Help?

We have more than 100 years of combined experience in this area of law, making us the most experienced motoring offences team in the country. We have been representing clients since 1978, dealing with thousands of cases for clients in your position. is part of JMW Solicitors, and members of our team have been accredited by respected industry organisations such as Chambers and the Legal 500. We have a strong track record of helping drivers to avoid convictions, with examples including:

  • defending a private hire driver accused of picking up a member of the public who transpired to be an undercover enforcement agent

If you are being prosecuted for taxi touting or plying for hire, we will help you to mount the strongest possible defence by:

  • gathering any relevant supporting evidence

  • helping you deal with the relevant paperwork

  • advising you on the legal defence for your case

  • representing you in court

We attend courts across England and Wales and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing, ensuring that our services are as convenient and accessible as possible. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid a court date by persuading the prosecution to drop the case.

Call us on 0345 241 1326 for your free initial consultation, and we will be able to offer a clearer picture of the costs involved.

Can I Avoid Losing My Licence?

If you wish to solicit customers to hire your vehicle to transport them as a passenger in a public place - or display the word 'taxi', 'cab' or 'hire' anywhere on your vehicle - you must possess the appropriate taxi licence. If you do not, you can be accused of taxi touting or plying for hire.

One of the most common examples of this occurs when the driver of a private hire vehicle collects fee-paying passengers from the street, rather than through a pre-booked appointment. This is considered a criminal offence.

If you have been charged with taxi touting, you should contact a solicitor with specialist motoring law expertise as soon as possible. With the right legal advice, you may be able to:

  • identify errors or procedural issues with the case made by the prosecution

  • challenge the witness testimony

  • demonstrate that your paperwork is in order can help you with all of these, giving you the best possible chance of avoiding a conviction.

What are the Penalties for Taxi Touting?

If you are convicted of taxi touting or plying for trade, you could face a number of serious penalties, including:

  • A fine of up to £2,500

  • The addition of six to eight points to your driving licence

  • An immediate driving ban, imposed at the court’s discretion

  • The revocation of your taxi licence

  • The invalidation of your insurance policy, leaving you vulnerable to a separate charge of driving without insurance

Any of these penalties can make it impossible to carry on making a living from driving a taxi or private hire vehicle. Protect your livelihood by contacting, who can help you put together a strong legal defence.

Talk to Us

For a free phone consultation about a taxi touting charge, call our experienced team of specialist motoring offence solicitors on 0345 241 1326. You can also complete our online contact form to request a call back at your convenience

Get in touch now for your Consultation

Our Motoring Law Specialists pride themselves on providing the advice and support for your Motoring law issues, having over a century of combined experience.

If you need legal advice, get in touch today by calling 0345 646 0348 Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form .


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