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Praise goes to taxi drivers and customers.

Taxi customers and drivers were praised today by Kirklees Council's chairman of licensing.

He paid tribute to their consideration and understanding during the seven-hour period at the weekend when taxis were not available.

As a mark of respect and support for Mohammad Parvaiz, the Lockwood cabbie killed in Golcar the previous weekend, the taxi drivers withdrew their cars between 11pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday.

Clr David Sheard, chairman of the Licensing and Safety Committee, said: "Saturday night and early Sunday morning is a prime time.

"People have been out and enjoyed themselves and want to get home.

"Thanks to the extensive publicity, including leaflets in pubs and other licensed premises, the vast majority of people were aware in advance of the situation, and made alternative arrangements.

"I would like to thank the taxi trade for working with us on this, taxi customers for their understanding and consideration, and the many pubs and licensed premises and the Arriva bus company who helped by making leaflets and publicity available."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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