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Newcastle City Council has reacted to 90 Blue Line job losses, saying they are not responsible for them.
Blue Line has closed its Newcastle office because they cannot operate under the same phone number as their North Tyneside branch.
They say the phone number is well known and that using a different one is not workable. Newcastle City Council has said that drivers are self-employed and can work for any private hire company in the city.
Ninety taxi drivers are losing their jobs because of a row over a phone number. Blue Line Taxis has closed its Newcastle office because it says the City Council won't allow it to use the same phone number as the one for other branches.
Blue Line says it will still operate in North Tyneside, but having different numbers is unworkable. The council says it hasn't directly put drivers out of work. Adding that drivers are self-employed so can work for any private hire company in the city.
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A taxi company claims it has had to get rid of 90 drivers because of a phone number row with Newcastle Council.