Police are warning minibus drivers in Bradford to make sure they have the correct licences after five minibuses were seized at the weekend.

The drivers were all taking workers to and from factories in the Wakefield area, but officers found they didn’t have the relevant licences to allow them to drive the minibuses or charge the passengers for the journeys.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the practice may also be happening in the Bradford area.

Inspector Dave Peach, who leads the Southern Area road policing unit, said: “If you are planning to drive a minibus it is important to make sure you have the correct licence – it must have a D1 category.”

Anyone caught driving a minibus without the correct licence faces a fixed penalty fine of up to £2,500 and the possible seizure of their vehicle for having no insurance.