As taxi drivers throughout capital cities in Europe protest over the Uber app, which enables passengers to locate the nearest and cheapest available taxi using GPS, it has been announced that a penalty scheme aimed at taxi drivers could be launched in one area of the UK.
Previously, the County Council within the area concerned approved the penalty scheme but opted not to implement it, due to concerns surrounding its legality. However, it has since been confirmed that the scheme is not unlawful, which could pave the way for it to be introduced.
Under the scheme, taxi drivers and operators within the region who accumulate points for breaching regulations, could find themselves suspended or banned.
The scheme will see between five and ten points handed out for a range of breaches, such as parking offences and refusing to help passengers with their luggage; with any taxi driver who accumulates 20 points in a two year period, set to face a committee.
The committee will then have the power to impose a warning to the driver, suspend their licence or revoke the licence.
For those taxi drivers who have seen their licence application refused or an existing licence revoked our road traffic solicitors may be able to assist.
Our road traffic solicitors understand and appreciate that taxi licences may be refused or revoked for a variety of different reasons; however, we also understand the importance of seeking professional advice – from a member of our team – at the earliest opportunity, if you are facing the possibility of losing yours.
We are highly experienced in this complex area and can provide expert representation if you wish to appeal against such a decision – to find out more, including how we could help you, contact our solicitors in Leeds today.