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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 February, 2005, 11:10 GMT
Plan to ban diabetic taxi drivers
People with insulin-dependant diabetes will be banned from driving taxis in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, if the borough council approves plans.

Authorities in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford already stop drivers with the condition from taking on such work.

The private hire association in Stoke claims insulin-dependant diabetics have been going "in droves" to Newcastle.

The plans, which follow a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency directive, will be discussed on Monday.

A meeting of the public protection committee will assess the proposals.

Drivers are currently approved in Newcastle on the recommendation of their GPs.




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