Sixteen private hire taxi drivers have been prosecuted for illegal plying for hire in Cardiff and driving without insurance.
It came after a 'mystery shopping exercise' by council officers targeting private hire vehicles which are not allowed to pick up customers from the street without prior booking through an operator or an app.
The majority of the drivers were fined £300, ordered to pay £150 in costs, a victim surcharge of £30, and were given eight penalty points on their license.
Fourteen of the drivers were using Cardiff licensed private hire vehicles. The remaining two were licensed in Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Only Cardiff licensed hackney carriages can be picked up from a rank or hailed in the street without booking beforehand.
Such taxis are either black with a white bonnet or resemble London taxis, and all display a lit roof sign when available.
They also display a licence plate on the rear of the vehicle as well as the driver’s photo ID on the left hand side of the windscreen which is also worn by the driver.