We regularly represent private hire drivers who are under investigation or have been refused a licence and face a hearing in front of the licensing authority. We also represent on appeal to the magistrates or crown court, as needed.
Many authorities have an extremely robust attitude towards whether a driver is a ‘fit and proper person’ and it is important to defend any potential action by seeking representation as soon as possible. Often, misunderstandings can be cleared up by an early intervention on our part and this results in significant savings as the costs associated with an appeal is avoided.
Applying for licences can sometimes be a little difficult and employing a solicitor may help. We are able to assist in the process from completing the forms to negotiating if issues arise once they are submitted.
For operators, we can assist with ancillary matters such as making planning applications or dealing with health and safety issues. Whilst most private hire drivers are self-employed, we can provide advice on sensible precautions that should be put in place. Our planning team can help in applying for planning permission for booking offices, which will often be required before an application for a Private Hire Operator’s licence is made.
We have experience at attending interviews under caution and can advise on the most appropriate course of action to take if you are invited to interview.