Fury over taxi plans

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DURHAM City will be reduced to gridlock if plans to allow unlimited numbers of taxis to operate across the county are pushed through, a cabbies’ leader has claimed.

Adrian Fets, chairman of Durham Independent Taxi Association, spoke after Durham County Council’s cabinet backed changes including a deregulated, single hackney carriage zone, allowing unlimited numbers of vehicles to operate anywhere in County Durham and imposing an all-white colour scheme on the fleet.

Mr Fets said: “This is going to put taxi firms out of business. It’s going to be gridlock in Durham City, there’s going to be more pollution.”

Council chiefs say the changes would create a more consistent, open, fairer and cleaner taxi service.

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