Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Three private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted at Liverpool Magistrates' Court for illegally plying for hire.
All three drivers have been ordered to each pay fines and costs, totalling £696. Six penalty points will also be issued to each of their licences.
Liverpool City Council Licensing team caught all three drivers, 2 who hold licences with their licensing department and 1 who holds a Sefton licence, plying for hire in Liverpool.
It is illegal for any private hire driver to ply for hire or accept a fare which has not been pre-booked with a licensed operator.
Only hackney carriage taxi licence holders are allowed to pick up fares which have not been booked in advance.
Liverpool City Council Licensing have not stated whether any of the drivers will now face having their private hire driver's licence revoked.
Liverpool City Council Licensing took to social media to highlight a private hire driver who had parked and left their vehicle unattended on a hackney carriage taxi rank.
A spokesperson for the council said: "Liverpool PHV left unattended on the hackney carriage rank. The driver will be contacted and appropriate action will be taken."