A pair of rogue taxi drivers have been fined for muscling in on Ellesmere Port without a licence.
Paul Stafford, 41, and Andrew Stafford, 35, were also each banned from driving.
Cheshire West and Chester Council said the verdict sent a 'clear message' putting the public at risk would not be tolerated.
Passengers have been advised to always check if a taxi is properly licensed.
CWaC director of place operations Maria Byrne said: “This case sends out a clear message that the authority will not tolerate unlicensed vehicles or drivers putting the travelling public at risk.
"We had no option other than to instigate prosecution proceedings.
“Licensed vehicles have plates attached to prove they are licensed which include an expiry date and vehicle licence number.
"Drivers also have to wear a photo-ID badge provided by the council.”
A licensed operator had already been convicted and sentenced at an earlier hearing in connection with the offences.
Both men were banned from driving for six months at Chester Magistrates Court on May 23.
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Andrew Stafford was ordered to pay a £253 fine and Paul Stafford £153. They must each also pay £125 costs and a victim surcharge.
The prosecution was brought by the Cheshire West and Chester Council regulatory services team.
Licensed drivers undergo training, criminal records checks and a medical test before they are issued with a licence. Licensed vehicles are also tested for safety and comfort before a licence is granted. These tests and inspections are conducted more frequently and to a higher standard that other unlicensed road vehicles.
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