Illegal Birmingham Marshall touting work for private hire drivers successfully prosecuted

An illegal cab marshall has been successfully prosecuted by Birmingham City Council Licensing after being caught touting jobs for licensed private hire drivers.

The prosecution was confirmed by Birmingham Taxi & Private Hire PoliceBirmingham Taxi & Private Hire Police via their Twitter account @Bhamtaxicop.

The unnamed offender was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,200 in court costs, as well as a £20 victim surcharge after approaching plain clothes officers, who then arrested him.

Birmingham Taxi & Private Hire Police said: "If you are approached and asked if you want a taxi, refuse. It's illegal!"

If you are driving a private hire vehicle, the law requires that your fare must be pre-booked. If your fare is not pre-booked and you are caught soliciting for fares, this is known as 'touting'.

Touting falls under two main categories:

  • Soliciting people to hire vehicles to transport them as a passenger in a public place.

  • Displaying the word 'taxi', 'cab' or 'hire' anywhere on a vehicle (unless a licenced hackney carriage taxi driver).

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