* Jessica Bootes was just four when she was left paralysed on her right side
* Amir Azad ploughed into the family car while it was waiting at traffic lights
* However council reinstates taxi licence just two years after horror crash
* Jessica's mother Lisa, from South Shields, calls for licence to be revoked
The mother of a little girl left brain damaged in a smash caused by a taxi driver has vented her fury after the driver was granted a licence to resume his trade.
Jessica Bootes was just four when she was left paralysed down her right side and had to have part of her skull removed after cabbie Amir Azad ploughed into the family car while it waited at traffic lights.
Shockingly, Azad is working as a taxi driver again just two years later and Jessica's parents, Lisa and Chris, of South Shields, South Tyneside, have started a petition in a bid to get him struck off.
Jessica, now aged 7, spent 11 days in a coma after the crash and continues to live with serious learning difficulties, headaches and without the use of her right arm.
Lisa, 34, said: 'I am absolutely furious. When I found out and was gobsmacked and I felt sick.
'Jessica is still suffering from the devastating consequences of Azad's actions, yet he is able to live his life as though nothing has happened.
'I am petrified that he will be involved in another accident, and inflict the same misery on another family.
'It doesn't matter what it takes, I am determined to stop this man from working as a taxi driver.'
The family were devastated when Azad, then 35, was convicted yet spared jail and allowed to keep his driving licence after the smash in March 2014.
The only punishment he was handed at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court was a mere £250 fine and six penalty points, with the local council later revoking his taxi licence.
But Lisa and heavy goods driver driver Chris, 37, also parents to Josh, 15, have learned that Azad is now plying his trade again in nearby Newcastle after being granted a new licence.
A local man had spotted Azad in a bank paying in wages from a taxi firm, and recognising him from newspaper reports about the crash, which happened at Lindisfarne Roundabout, in Jarrow.
When Lisa saw the post, she struggled to believe it and contacted Newcastle City Council for confirmation.
She was horrified when they told her they had granted a licence to Azad and he was working as a cabbie again in the city, just ten miles from the family home.
Lisa added: 'I am not able to go out much any more. All my time is taken up caring for Jessica.
'But it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I might go out in Newcastle, get a taxi home and find out that Azad is driving it. I have no idea how I would react in that situation.
'The realisation he is working again has come at a particularly difficult time as Jessica is not very well at the moment. She is having to wear hand and leg splints and is struggling at school.
'I urge as many people as possible to sign this petition. This man should not be working on our roads as a taxi driver.
'South Tyneside Council did not deem Azad fit to be a taxi driver. Why has Newcastle City Council come to a different decision?'
A Newcastle City Council spokesman said: 'A private hire driver's licence application was considered and granted by the council on November 2015.
'All applications for a private hire licence must follow a robust legal framework and are considered by committee in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department for Transport and Home Office.
Convictions, cautions and driving licence endorsements are all taken into account and we rely on the Disclosure & Barring Service and DVLA vetting procedures together with advice from Northumbria Police.'