A private taxi firm in Bridlington has had its Operators License revoked.
Q Cars on Havelock Street describes itself as "Bridlington's largest taxi and private hire firm". The company had it's license revoked in February 2017 by East Riding of Yorkshire Council following concerns around issues including safeguarding and public protection; record keeping, and breaches of the operators’ licence. Q Cars appealed the ban and has continued to operate while the legal process continued.
Today the company withdrew it's appeal ahead of a scheduled court hearing. At a hearing at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 15 September, Q Cars licence holder Ian Sharpe withdrew his appeal after magistrates told him there was “overwhelming evidence” to support the decision made earlier this year to revoke his licence.
Sharp also has to pay council costs of £5,000.
It means the ban comes in to affect with immediate effect and the company is no longer able to operate.
Tina Holtby from East Riding of Yorkshire Council says the license was revoked due to concerns for public safety.
The drivers who worked at Q Cars will now have to find alternative operators to work for. Anyone who has an existing booking with Q Cars will need to make alternative arrangements. The council have asked other local operators to increase their capacity over the next few days to cope with any shortfall in provision.
Tina Holtby says it's extremely rare for a license to be revoked.
Phone calls to Q Cars on Friday afternoon were met with the engaged tone, we have been unable to contact the company for comment.