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Boro Taxis Firm Says Disabled Passengers Will No Longer Be Transported Over Pricing Row

12/01/2014 14:50 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 23:56 GMT
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A Teesside taxi firm will no longer carry disabled passengers after a row over pricing.

Boro Taxis boss, Mohammed Bashir, said although the decision is "morally totally wrong", the company can no longer afford to use eight-seater minibuses to pick up a single fare-paying disabled passenger.

Teeside taxi operators were recently told they could lose their licences if they overcharge disabled people after a report found they were often paying double.

He told BBC Tees: "The simple fact is if you order a car and four people jump in you are charged for a taxi. If you order an eight-seater minibus and eight people jump in you are charged for a minibus.

"If you order a minibus and there’s only one person you will still be charged for a minibus because that’s what you ordered.

"But because we are charging for a minibus we are breaking the law."

Middlesbrough Council is investigating the issue.