Blackburn with Darwen taxi boss loses his white cab legal bid

Taxi driver Charlie Oakes and his white car

Taxi driver Charlie Oakes and his white car

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

A TAXI boss has failed in his legal bid to force Blackburn with Darwen council to licence his white car as a hackney taxi which can pick up customers from the street.

Charles Oakes was furious the borough would not approve his white ‘Eurocab’ Peugeot E7 unless it was repainted, or licensed as a private hire vehicle only entitled to carry pre-booked fares.

Before the case, the council’s licensing committee confirmed its policy that all hackney carriages, other than two specified ‘London taxi cab’ designs, must be black.

Last week Judge Anthony Russell at Preston Crown Court dismissed Mr Oakes appeal.

Now the chairman of the Bolton-based Hackney Carriage Association is considering taking the council to the High Court in Manchester asking for a judicial review.

Council environment boss Jim Smith said: “We are very pleased the court agreed with the licensing sub-committee’s decision to refuse this application to licence a white, non-London style hackney carriage”.

Now the council faces further legal action from Mr Oakes and anger from Blackburn Taxi Association over new bodywork standards for the borough’s black cabs being debated tonight.

Blackburn with Darwen’s licensing committee will discuss the proposed regulations when it meets in the town hall. Taxi association vice-chairman Mohammed Mangera said: “We are pleased at the court decision on the taxi colour rules.

“However we are concerned at the proposed new bodywork regulations. They seem to be based on London taxis which cover many more miles. They would be unnecessary and too expensive from Blackburn drivers to afford.”

Licensing committee chairman John Wright said: “Everybody is unhappy at the current bodywork regulations which are difficult to administer.

“We have consulted the taxi trade and will debate new proposals before making a recommendation to coun Smith.” Mr Oakes said: “I am very disappointed about the court decision on my white taxi. Other councils approve different colours.

“Blackburn with Darwen council is stuck in the past. I am taking legal advice on a judicial review.

“This is not finished.

“The borough needs new bodywork standards but not ones based on London.”

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2:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HarryBosch says...

If you don't like it find a new career!
If you don't like it find a new career! HarryBosch
  • Score: 23

2:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

Jesus, looks like it should be reclassified as a heavy goods vehicle, never mind a hackney carriage...
Jesus, looks like it should be reclassified as a heavy goods vehicle, never mind a hackney carriage... rudis_dad
  • Score: 18

2:59pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Cimbri says...

This strikes me as being a bit odd, as a few years ago, there was a white hackney cab in Blackburn. What has changed?
Council Environment boss Jim Smith, has missed an opportunity here, to explain why there are these rules in place, as they don't seem to have any reasons given.
How can they state what a rule is, when many of the supposed "black cabs" in Blackburn aren't or are so covered in adverts, that you can't tell what colour that they are supposed to be. It makes no sense!
This strikes me as being a bit odd, as a few years ago, there was a white hackney cab in Blackburn. What has changed? Council Environment boss Jim Smith, has missed an opportunity here, to explain why there are these rules in place, as they don't seem to have any reasons given. How can they state what a rule is, when many of the supposed "black cabs" in Blackburn aren't or are so covered in adverts, that you can't tell what colour that they are supposed to be. It makes no sense! Cimbri
  • Score: 27

3:47pm Tue 17 Jun 14

ikap22 says...

No thing makes sense any more!
No thing makes sense any more! ikap22
  • Score: 24

7:16pm Tue 17 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.
Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham. M.DANNY
  • Score: 21

8:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Stone Island: says...

There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.
There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn. Stone Island:
  • Score: 16

9:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

zabby says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.
Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.[/p][/quote]Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that zabby
  • Score: 11

10:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HarryBosch says...

zabby wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.
Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that
Working Tax Credit innit
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.[/p][/quote]Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that[/p][/quote]Working Tax Credit innit HarryBosch
  • Score: 13

10:38pm Tue 17 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

Stone Island: wrote:
There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.
Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ? M.DANNY
  • Score: -13

10:42pm Tue 17 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

zabby wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.
Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that
They are the taxi bosses who owns the business who have detached houses and many houses on rents not the poor drivers who have to claim working tax credits to make end meets..
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Taxi comes in many different colours with a taxi sign on the roof of their car.What difference does it make if its black white or yellow,we not in London New York or Paris.Taxi drivers are struggling to make ends meet in Blackburn a mill town in north of Birmingham.[/p][/quote]Struggling to make ends meet,?then why do so many live in 4 bed detached houses and have a couple to rent out as well,wish I was struggling like that[/p][/quote]They are the taxi bosses who owns the business who have detached houses and many houses on rents not the poor drivers who have to claim working tax credits to make end meets.. M.DANNY
  • Score: 10

11:02pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Stone Island: says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Stone Island: wrote:
There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.
Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?
You do for one, Modan.
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?[/p][/quote]You do for one, Modan. Stone Island:
  • Score: 11

11:16pm Tue 17 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

Stone Island: wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Stone Island: wrote:
There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.
Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?
You do for one, Modan.
I am of mixed race one of my parent was white and they other was black so i am no racist ? But you are paranoid and me think you are just a loony .
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?[/p][/quote]You do for one, Modan.[/p][/quote]I am of mixed race one of my parent was white and they other was black so i am no racist ? But you are paranoid and me think you are just a loony . M.DANNY
  • Score: 12

11:23pm Tue 17 Jun 14

modan says...

Stone Island: wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
Stone Island: wrote:
There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.
Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?
You do for one, Modan.
Stoneman you are racist get back to your white island where you belong.we live in Blackburn where we have whites Asians ie Indians Pakistanis Blacks and East Europeans.
Who has rattled your cage ?
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a dislike of all things white, in Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Are you paranoid ? 70% White population of Blackburn and 30% are ethnic population so how many dislike the whites ?[/p][/quote]You do for one, Modan.[/p][/quote]Stoneman you are racist get back to your white island where you belong.we live in Blackburn where we have whites Asians ie Indians Pakistanis Blacks and East Europeans. Who has rattled your cage ? modan
  • Score: -11

4:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

What happened to the taxi discussion guys ??
What happened to the taxi discussion guys ?? steve18gls
  • Score: 12

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