A Glasgow taxi driver who was suspended for punching a passenger who was 'attacking' his cab has had his licence temporarily reinstated.

Kenny Clark, who has been driving taxis for 30 years, was banned for trading for six months by Glasgow City Council at the end of August, after footage of the incident surfaced online.

The news sparked public outcry, with thousands jumping to the driver's defence.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition calling on the council to reinstate his licence.

READ MORE: Petition started for Glasgow taxi driver who was suspended for punching a passenger

He is now back on the roads after a court sheriff granted an interim recall motion against the licensing committee's decision - meaning he can continue trading until a full hearing. 

Well-known community campaigner and Glasgow cabbie Stef Shaw praised the news that Mr Clark is back driving again.

He said: "We have the brilliant news that an urgent case was called at court and Kenny Clark’s Lawyer fought to have the Glasgow Taxi Driver’s Licence returned to him without any further delay!

"Kenny called me and was quite emotional as he heads into Glasgow City Chambers to collect his badge which he has had for over 30 years. 

"Kenny wanted me to thank everyone who has signed our petition and supported him in this assault case which will now go to court later this year."

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We previously told how Mr Clark had picked up a female passenger outside Glasgow Central Station who asked to be taken to the bank.

On realising the driver was going to the wrong branch the woman allegedly became aggressive and started spitting at the visor.

It's claimed the driver stopped the vehicle and the woman got out and started punching and kicking the car before attacking her driver.

Mr Clark, who retaliated in self defence, was brought before the licensing committee where he was handed the suspension.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “The suspension has been recalled pending a full hearing on the merits of the case itself.

“As this case is the subject of continuing legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”