Question is mate is which do you prefer, a line of double parked taxi cabs or a crowd of fighting drunken yobs, always its one or the other. The police let cabbies get away with it because it clears the crowds from a less enforced area ( the majority of police are posted in town on weekend nights) and 95% of journeys from that rank go to the town centre.
I dont mean to be argumentative with this post, its just a simple fact. I worked the cabs for 2 years and have seen the aftermath when cabs have been scarce. I had several hundred pounds worth of damage done to my cab because i refused to let someone blatantly jump the taxi queue and took the next in line, as the passengers got in, the queue jumpers started kicking my cab and tried ripping my sliding door off, which then meant I had to have it repaired before I could work again.
its a hard job at the weekends, the other reason cabbies crowd that rank is for protection. the police would be no help whatsoever if a cabbie got into trouble because there simply arent enoug of them in stockton heath.