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'Local' cabbie replaces sticker — with new, bigger one

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

stickers:   Denise said has swapped the stickers on her taxi

stickers: Denise said has swapped the stickers on her taxi

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A NEWTON Abbot cabbie at the centre of a 'local' St George's Cross row has removed her flags — and replaced them with new larger ones.

Denise Said, 56, peeled off her 'local driver' St George Cross stickers after she lost her appeal to retain them.

Now she has replaced them with bigger St George's flag stickers — but this time the words 'local taxi company' are written below the flags.

Denise said: "I have taken the old ones off as I was told to and replaced them with different ones.

"I expect that they will find fault with these ones too but I know 100 per cent that I have done nothing wrong.

"I have had so much support from people and I am amazed at how strongly people feel about it."

The move came after the council's appeals committee ruled that Denise had to remove the stickers or have her licence suspended.

They said it was the combination of the flag and the wording that caused concern.

Denise, who runs Lady D Taxis, said she is still considering whether to appeal against the decision at a magistrates' court.

The appeal to retain the signage was heard at Teignbridge Council's regulatory and appeals committee on Monday November 25.

The committee agreed the signs did not meet requirements of its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licensing policy or the Equality Act 2010.

Rod Peers, speaking on behalf of Mrs Said who was formerly married to a half-Maltese man for 16 years, told the committee the stickers were not discriminatory and had nothing to do with race or nationality.

Licensing officer Hayley Carpenter said it was the combination of the flag and the words that caused difficulty.

A TDC spokesman said: "We will be inspecting the vehicle on a regular basis to ensure it complies with our vehicle licensing requirements and will consider further action if necessary."

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  • as1006  |  December 13 2013, 12:02AM

    Well, you have to consider the fact that Newton Abbot is part of Devon & Cornwall. Historically speaking, the district of Devon & Cornwall is a Celtic nation just like Brittany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland & Wales. Locals were bound to be upset by it. The Celtic nations used to have their own languages, culture and villages.....until under the King's orders, Celtic villages were burned, women were raped, children were murdered and they were altogether banned from speaking their languages.

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  • as1006  |  December 13 2013, 12:00AM

    Well, you have to consider the fact that Newton Abbot is part of Devon & Cornwall. Historically speaking, the district of Devon & Cornwall is a Celtic nation just like Brittany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland & Wales. Locals were bound to be upset by it. The Celtic nations used to have their own languages, culture and villages.....until under the King's orders, Celtic villages were burned, women were raped, children were murdered and they were altogether banned from speaking their languages.

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  • honkyjay  |  December 12 2013, 7:10PM

    change the name of the company from lady d's taxi's to st georges taxi's/cabs !!??

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  • Biglog2080  |  December 12 2013, 7:08PM

    Good for her, she is getting support from all over England, we demand those Councillors who are being anti English racists to be sacked immediately.

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  • DrNikkiBedwel  |  December 09 2013, 3:30PM

    Nationalism is a beautiful thing. A group of people all working together for the common good, and letting other nations get on with their own agenda. Nationalism is what gave us the NHS. Only sit on their bums marxists who think everything should be given to them don't like it.

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  • 34Eric  |  December 07 2013, 11:35AM

    Nationalism is the cause of so much misery in this world.

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  • BertieBurper  |  December 07 2013, 8:59AM

    Take it all the way to the European court and see how big the council bills are.

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  • DevonJanner  |  December 07 2013, 7:44AM

    take it all the way to the European court and see how big the councils balls are!!!

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  • BangersMash  |  December 06 2013, 9:32PM

    Knowing you nicold, you'd then try and tax her $60 an hour!

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  • nicold  |  December 06 2013, 8:41PM

    Maybe she should give up her job and earn $65 an hour on her computer! ;)

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