Airport taxi war nears end

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A DECISION on whether to award licences for two taxi booking offices at Edinburgh Airport to a private hire car company will be made today.

Edinburgh City Private Hire (ECPH) made the application after jointly winning a five-year contract in February with City Cabs to run a new taxi rank at the airport. The contract arrangements has sparked a war of words between rival transport firms. Central Taxis are among those to have lodged objections. One of the booking offices would be built at a new forecourt location outside the international terminal that will serve as the rank from July.

The application from ECPH will be decided by the city council’s licensing sub-committee. Council regulations restrict private hire car drivers from touting for jobs at any public location, leaving potential legal grounds for refusal.