122 unlicensed taxi drivers prosecuted in 2019

A total of 122 unlicensed taxi drivers were prosecuted last year.

They either had no driver or vehicle licence, or allowed an unlicensed driver or vehicle to operate as a taxi.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, the figures for 2019 are down from 178 the year before.

But Vinny Kearns, a former vice-president of the National Taxi Drivers Union, claims many illegal taxi drivers are escaping punishment.

"I would believe that they are not a true indication of the figures that are out there because we don't have enough enforcement officers to adequately police that.

"On a Friday or Saturday night, I believe there are quite a number of illegal taxis operating, drivers who don't have a licence or vehicles that aren't licenced."

In 2017, there were 122 prosecutions against fraudulent operators. This rose to 178 in 2018.

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