Boro Taxis has merged with Redcar-based travel firm J&P Taxis.
The partnership means that Boro Taxis is now one of the largest private hire operators in the UK, with a fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles, including cars and minibuses.
Following the merger, J&P’s 165 vehicles will continue to operate under its name, but will benefit from being part of Boro Taxis’ significantly larger fleet.
J&P founder Craig Walker, pictured with Boro Taxis boss Mohammed Bashir, will remain involved with the business, which will continue to have a Redcar base, and all of its current drivers and office-based staff will be retained.
Bashir, who founded Boro Taxis in 1982 with just three cars, said: “This is a very exciting time for us at Boro Taxis.
“This merger makes us one of the largest private hire businesses in the country, which is something we’re very proud of.
“J&P share Boro Taxis’ core value of providing excellent customer service. Before signing contracts we held extensive and thorough talks.
“We will be keeping all the J&P staff on as they do a fantastic job and the business is a well-known name in Redcar with a great reputation.”
Walker added: “By merging with Boro Taxis, we will be able to provide a wider geographical coverage for both our drivers and customers. I am looking forward to working with the team at Boro Cars.
“We still have the same drivers that our customers have come to know and love, and will still aim to deliver the excellent service that our customers have become accustomed to.”