JTS have a leading reputation for representing taxi drivers
At JTS we understand that protecting your taxi badge and driving licence is fundamental to support both you and your family. Our team has many years of experience in representing both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers.
Interview under caution
Sometimes drivers are asked to attend Council offices for an interview with the Council and this can often be under caution. At JTS we believe that it is important you are properly represented at an interview as the answers you provide can have a significant effect on the way licensing choose to proceed with the case.
We can also meet with you prior to the interview to discuss the allegations and then attend with you in order to provide advice and support at the interview.
Representation at Committee & Disciplinary Hearings
We are experienced in representing our drivers when they are required by the council to attend committee hearings. We are often able to persuade the committee to divert from their strict guidelines which allows our drivers to keep their badges.
At JTS we understand that appearing before a committee of councilors can be very daunting. We can help by obtaining details and statements of the evidence before the hearing and fully prepare you. We can also answer questions on your behalf if you prefer and submit evidence in your defence.
Appeals against committee decision to prevent, revoke or suspend licence.
Even if the committee finds against you, we can still ask the Magistrates’ Court to change the committees’ decision.
At JTS we can prepare and argue your case before the Magistrates’ Court where we have a strong record of persuading the Court to overturn the decisions of licencing committees.
Please be aware that there are strict time limits for appealing against the removal or refusal of your licence. We can assist you in lodging your appeal in time and then representing you at Court.
Driving Offences as a Taxi Driver
Innocent taxi drivers can often find themselves accused of driving offences that can put their licence and job at risk. This includes allegations of plying for hire, refusing to take passengers and driving without a badge or insurance. Allegations can also be more serious including assault and sexual assault. At JTS we can prepare your case and represent you at Court where we have had great success in achieving the right result for our drivers.
Please be aware the Council will use a specialist lawyer to represent their interests in Court and therefore at JTS we feel it is important that you are also have a lawyer in your corner.
How much will my case cost?
We may be able to apply for legal aid funding for your case. Even if you are not eligible then we can represent you for a fixed fee in order to prevent spiraling costs.
Our fees start as low as £250 + VAT for an interview under caution, £250 + VAT for representation at Committee and £500 + VAT for Court cases.
York Council v MA – York Magistrates’ Court (May 19)
It was a great result for JTS yesterday when our client was found not guilty after a long battle with York Council. After numerous delayed hearings our client was believed when he gave evidence that he was simply giving a free lift to another driver.
Manchester Council v HS – Manchester Magistrates’ Court
We successfully negotiated with the Council that a Manchester Driver should have his licence returned on Appeal at the Magistrates’ Court.
Manchester Council v BN – Manchester Magistrates’ Court
We successfully argued that the Court should return the badge to a driver charged with serious criminal offences.
Manchester Council v JD – Licensing Committee
We successfully persuaded the Council to allow a driver to keep his badge despite being convicted of taking fares without a valid badge and licence.