Cardiff Hackney Carriage Association has threatened to go on strike unless the council has a crack down on private hire cars are claimed to be illegally poaching customers.
Hailing a taxi has never been easier, with cabs lining the city streets.
But now the chair of Cardiff Hackney Carriage Association has threatened to go on strike unless the council has a crack down on private hire cars who he claims are illegally poaching customers.
The chair has accused certain private hire cars of “blatantly disregarding” the licensing law.
He said: “If the council don’t do something constructive in order to deal with the situation we will have to take industrial action.”
Private hire vehicles can only take passengers who have phoned up and made a booking. They are not licensed to pick up customers from the street and if they do, their insurance is often invalidated.
Concerned parties are calling on Cardiff Council to take a stronger stance against drivers who routinely flout the law to gain some extra cash.
Bryan Roland, general secretary of the National Private Hire Association, said: “It would appear on the face of it that it is so rife in Cardiff that there may well be a suggestion that there is insufficient enforcement going on.
“Unless the message is getting out there you are going to get nowhere and they will just carry on.”
Private hire companies in Cardiff have denied that their drivers are involved in the unlawful practise of plying for hire.
Peter Renwick, manager of Premier Taxis, said: “We pride ourselves on being the only totally exclusive private hire company in Cardiff.
“We categorically do not provide shelter for any driver whom may flout the law and illegally ply for hire.”
Ryan Owen, director at Dragon Taxis Ltd, said: “We would never condone such behaviour, our interests are always that of public safety. If a driver was found to be doing this they would be reprimanded.”
Cllr Gretta Marshall, Chair of the Licensing and Public Protection Committees, admitted: “The whole taxi trade in Cardiff is far from perfect currently and historically relations with the Council have deteriorated.
“Earlier this month I met with Hackney Carriage drivers to listen to their concerns about how we could improve relations.”
A Cardiff Council spokesman said: “We undertake enforcement action against private hire drivers who pick up customers from the streets, as they are not licenced to do so.
“Recently the Council has prosecuted a driver for this offence at Cardiff’s Magistrates Court, further prosecutions will follow.”