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Taxis: Licensing

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) charged, (b) convicted and (c) sentenced to immediate custody for offences relating to unlicensed taxis in each of the last five years. (244599)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.167, and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60 and 62-68, in England and Wales, 2003 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.

Court proceedings data are unable to separately identify offences under section 47 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 as the offences of Hackney carriage driver without a licence and Employing an unlicensed Hackney carriage driver under this statute are grouped together.

These offences do not carry a custodial sentence. The maximum penalty that can be given for these offences is a fine.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.167 and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60 and 62-68, in England and Wales, 2003-071,2,3

Statute

Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60 and 62-68

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Sec 167

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

2003

337

270

259

194

2004

292

248

483

311

2005

283

233

597

422

2006

391

325

714

384

2007

378

336

753

458

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Town Police Clauses Act 1847 Sec 40-60 and 62-68.

Offences peculiar to stage carriage and public service vehicles.

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 167.

Touting for hire car service without PSV operator's licence.

3 Court proceedings data are unable to separate Section 47—Act as a Hackney carriage driver without a licence and Employ an unlicensed Hackney carriage driver—from the other set of offences under this statute as they are grouped together.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services.