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.
"We're delighted to have had our judgement upheld in the High Court that taxi firms set up in Newcastle and North Tyneside should have different phone numbers."Blue Line Taxis continues to be licensed as a private hire operator by Newcastle City Council and we have not revoked their licence or closed their office. If the company wishes to continue to operate under the licence it may do so. It is simply untrue to say that the council is putting Blue Line drivers out of work and if this is the information that has been given to Blue Line staff then we are very disappointed by that."
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