Boro taxis

Teesside’s largest taxi operator Boro Taxis has stepped in to take over local rival Falcon Cars, which has been forced to fold in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Falcon Taxis said the ongoing crisis had hit the business hard and it was unable to continue trading. In a statement on its Facebook page, the firm announced Boro Taxis would step in as a result of the closure.

The statement said: “Falcon Cars is grateful to our customers for their loyalty, but unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has hit our business so hard that we are unable to continue as we are at present. We are so grateful, following our approach, to be able to transfer our remaining business to Boro Cars and to work alongside them in order to safeguard jobs with effect from today.”

The Middlesbrough-based company was formed in November 2017 by a group of taxi drivers who had become disillusioned with the business. The closure came after Middlesbrough and Hartlepool were put into local lockdown following the rise in Covoid-19 cases last month. The new rules involve stopping indoor mixing of different households in any indoor settings, including at pubs and restaurants.