Coronavirus: Black taxis to withdraw in west Belfast

The services are being withdrawn due to "health and safety" concerns amid the coronavirus crisis

WEST Belfast Black Taxis are to withdraw their services as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

They are set to be withdrawn from 7pm tomorrow due to "health and safety" concerns for customers and staff.

Belfast Taxis CIC said it hoped this would be a temporary measure and it will be reviewed on a regular basis.

In a statement it said the decision was being made "with deep regret.. during these unprecedented times".

"We are hopeful that this decision will be a temporary measure and we will review this on a regular basis," it added.

"These are extraordinary times for all of us and we hope that everyone keeps safe during these very worrying times."

The west Belfast festival Féile an Phobail shared the announcement online.

It tweeted: "West Belfast Black Taxis will temporarily withdraw their services.

"The taxi association is an integral part of the community and has always shown leadership at difficult times, and we commend their decision to protect their customers and staff at this time."

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