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MEETING - Taxi drivers to go back on road

THE majority of city taxi drivers will be running services after dark this weekend, it emerged today.

THE majority of city taxi drivers will be running services after dark this weekend, it emerged today.THE majority of city taxi drivers will be running services after dark this weekend, it emerged today.

The decision, which will come as a relief to city clubbers, was reached after a meeting between taxi firm bosses at a city centre restaurant.

Representatives of the companies said drivers had decided to go back to work after two weekends of action, because they had to make a living.

But they have warned that more trouble could see further stoppages.

Mohammed Sabir, spokes-man for the city s private hire cab firms, said: "We have decided that we will work over the weekend as normal.

"We are just trying to earn a living. Drivers feel they have to go back to work so they can feed their families and pay mortgages.

"We have also received many phone calls of support from members of the public, saying they agree that safety must come first. The police have also given us a lot of support.

"People realise how important the taxi service is to Peterborough, and I think the stoppage has shown that."

Many taxi drivers refused to pick up passengers after 6pm last Friday and Saturday, because of fears of reprisals in the aftermath of the killing of city teenager Ross Parker.

It left many drinkers stranded in the city centre in the early hours of the morning without transport home.

A meeting between taxi drivers and police is being planned for next week to reassess the situation, Mr Sabir said.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary David Blunkett was due to announce new measures to combat anti-Muslim hate crimes at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today.

He was expected to say that the move aims to protect the Muslim community from a backlash to the September 11 terror attacks in the US.

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