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Taxis: Fares

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 191986, tabled on 15 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions there were for passengers avoiding taxi fares in each year since 2010.

Answered on

22 November 2018

It is not possible to identify from centrally held data the number of defendants successfully prosecuted for an offence of avoidance of taxi fares in each year since 2010, as there is no current specific offence for the avoidance of taxi fares. Any successful prosecutions under these circumstances would be dealt with for a broader offence under specific legislation, such as: any dishonest act obtaining services for which payment is required, with intent to avoid payment – Fraud Act 2006 (S.11), and making off without payment (Theft Act 1978 (S.3) but it is not possible to identify which offences involved avoidance of taxi fares from centrally held information.