A MAN has been fined over £1,500 after operating an illegal taxi in Barnsley.

Sailful Alam, 50, of Darnal Drive, Sheffield, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge of illegally operating his Wakefield registered private hire taxi as a Hackney Carriage on Eldon Street last Christmas.

Mr Alam was found guilty of Plying for Hire without a Hackney Carriage Propreitors Licence in order to secure a fare paying passenger on December 27 2015.

Mr Alam was fined £180, plus £20 victim surcharge and £1,346 court costs; totalling £1,546.