Being Drunk in charge of a Hackney Carriage

It is an offence for a driver of a hackney carriage to be drunk whilst in charge of their vehicle.

If you are found to be driving a taxi whilst the level of alcohol in your blood or on your breath is above the prescribed limit then you are also likely to be prosecuted for drink driving. Please click on the link for more information.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to being drunk in charge of a Hackney Carriage?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for the offence relating to being drunk whilst in charge of a hackney carriage.


Fine up to £250 (However, you are looking at a fine and disqualification as a minimum punishment for drink driving itself)


If you face a charge such as this or drink driving then we strongly advise you contact us for advice, as dependent on the charge alleged and the level of alcohol in your body you could be looking at a custodial sentence and a criminal record if successfully prosecuted.

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