Guide to Taxis: Plying for Trade Without a Licence

It is an offence to be either:

  • driving;
  • standing; or
  • plying;

for hire without holding a valid taxi licence or displaying a taxi licence number.

In addition, plying for hire without a licence is likely to invalidate your insurance and you may also find you are being prosecuted for driving without insurance as a result.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to taxi drivers plying for hire?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for offences relating to taxi drivers plying for hire.


Fine up to £2,500.


An offence such as this is usually clear cut, in that you either have the appropriate licence or not. If you have the appropriate licence and are being pursued by the authorities then we are able to assist in getting that resolved. As to whether is the licence number is displayed, there may be arguments as to reasons why it was not displayed. In any event, if you face an allegation in relation to your taxi licence and you are unsure of your position, we advise you contact us to take specialist legal advice.

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