Revamp of Durham taxi rules to be decided

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A REVIEW of taxi services, which has been met with opposition from drivers was to be considered by council chiefs today.

Durham County Council were set to make a decision over a series of recommendations to regulate the industry within County Durham.

The policy would see rules governing zones, where only a certain number of operators can work in a specified area, removed from the start of September and a condition drafted in which means all hackney carriages and private hire vehicles must be white.

The requirement covering the bodywork would not cover existing cars, but new vehicles as they are replaced.

The plan, due to be discussed at County Hall this morning, was proposed after the seven district councils merged as the unitary authority took over two years ago.

Taxi operators have objected, staging go-slow protests through Durham in recent weeks.

They have threatened legal action and say the change would mean there would not be enough business or space to keep the extra vehicles operating in the city centre.