Taxi Licensing and Appeals

Free advice

If you have been refused a Taxi license, for whatever reason, we can help. We offer a free initial consultation. Please complete our enquiry form or telephone us to arrange a free initial consultation.

Taxi licensing

Taxi licensing rules can be complex and vary from area to area. Each Local Authority has the right to revoke or suspend a taxi license and this can deprive you of your means of making a living.

What we can help with

We are specialists in helping Taxi drivers and private hire drivers in all types of cases, including appeals for a refused or revoked license.

Taxi licensing is a complex area of law and you should always obtain representation from someone with the experience and expertise required to deal with your case.

We can help if you have or require a:

  • Hackney Carriage Taxi License
  • Private Hire Driver License
  • Operator or Fleet Operator License

We can also help with licensing interviews, disciplinary hearings, licensing restrictions, licensing bans, and/or potential criminal allegations.

Why are Taxi Licenses refused?

Local Authorities apply a standard whereby the driver is required to be a “fit and proper person” in order to gain a license.

The definition for “fit and proper person” varys from local authority to local authority, however, some of the possible reasons for revoking or not granting a license are listed below:

  • Not disclosing a criminal offence
  • Not disclosing a motoring conviction
  • Poor vehicle maintenance and safety issues
  • Significant customer complaints
  • Dishonesty
  • Other “bad conduct”
  • Being arrested or convicted of a criminal offence



Strict time limits exist for appealing against a license refusal. The procedure can vary from local authority to local authrity. If you have been refused a license it is critical that you contact us immediately.

We will assess your case and decide on the most effective strategy to appeal your case and win your license back.

The local authority will instruct solicitors and barristers to argue against your appeal.

Why choose ZAK Law Solicitors

Appeals are made to the local Magistrates and you will require effective representation throughout the case. Please telephone us or complete our online enquiry form for more information.