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Taxis 'still on the road'.

A TAXI firm says it is business as usual despite a council's attempts to halt operations.

In November last year, the former owner of Tees Valley Cabs, Mohammed Farooq, had his licence revoked for continually flouting taxi legislation and the Traffic Regulation Order.

Drivers with the company had been prosecuted on nine separate occasions for plying for hire without an appropriate licence.

Mr Farooq initially appealed the decision, but his appeal was withdrawn on Monday, leading Stockton Council to claim that the firm's private hire vehicles had been suspended.

A spokesman for the Yarm Lane-based company said Mr Farooq had not been involved since June. He added that appeals had been lodged against the suspension of a number of vehicle licences so the case is still active.

He said the company had made "new arrangements" to allow operations to continue but could not digress any further.

"Tees Valley Cabs is entitled under the law to continue operating," he said.

Stockton councillor Bill Woodhead, chairman of Stockton Council's licensing committee, said the firm had broken the law by touting for private hire business.

"Stockton Council will not tolerate any of its licence holders to flout rules and regulations which govern their licence, and which exist for the protection of the public," he said.

"We hope this will serve as a warning to all private hire operators licensed with Stockton Borough Council."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2008
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