An undercover sting by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Public Protection officers posing as customers in Madeley, Newport and at Telford Shopping Centre, found that fifty percent of the private hire drivers they approached accepted the fare without being prebooked.
Eight drivers were approached during the operation, designed to crackdown on illegal minicab activities, and four of those said yes to taking the journeys.
These matters are now being investigated by licensing officers and all four drivers are likely to face action which could include having their licences revoked.
Earlier this month at Shropshire Magistrates, sitting in Telford, a Go Carz private hire driver admitted to the offence of illegally plying for hire in Newport High Street, the Shropshire Star first reported.
Yaw Mensah, of Bembridge, Brookside, was fined £500 for plying for hire and given six penalty points. He also admitted driving without insurance, for which the court imposed no separate penalty. He was also ordered to pay costs of £240.