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# Taxis
Taxi drivers avoiding 'violent' city centres at night due to fears about assaults
Representatives have warned drivers will continue to leave the sector unless greater supports are put in place.
Drivers are calling for an increased garda presence on the streets at night and a special liaison officer they can report issues to, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Over the summer there was a serious shortage of taxis, particularly in Dublin's city centre at weekends.
Security concerns have been cited as a reason for drivers leaving the sector but representatives said other supports are also needed.
'Taxis had no input in this': Taxi fares now 12% more expensive and all drivers must accept card
Only 32 additional taxis added to Dublin fleet since start of 2022, new figures show
# Taxi
Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste
Varadkar said other countries have other options than a taxi.
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# covid support
€6.5 million support package announced for taxi, hackney and limousine operators
The package will provide €3 million for the continued waiver of vehicle licence fees in 2022.
# Taxi Drivers
Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone
Richard Boyd Barrett told the Tánaiste the drivers were “threatened with fines”.
# PUP
Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The move aims to help those who want to take up occasional intermittent work without losing their payment,
# taxi protest
'Killing an industry that's already dead': Taxi drivers stage protest in Dublin city
Drivers have called on the government to introduce a range of measures to support the industry as they deal with the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Taxis
Free Now says all drivers have been paid today after delays
About 14,000 taxi drivers in Ireland are signed up to the app.
# Taxi Drivers
Free Now says technical fault to blame for delay in paying drivers
Free Now says it has been assured that payments will be processed over the weekend.
# Covid-19
'We've been thrown to the lions': Taxi drivers could be off the road for weeks due to NCT delays
Some drivers can’t get NCT appointments before their taxi licence expires.
# Taxi
'Absolutely filthy': 610 complaints made about taxis in the first six months of the year
Some 229 complaints concerned taxi driver behaviour while 214 related to overcharging.
# NTA
'Our neighbours, our friends and family': Campaign launched encouraging respect for taxi drivers
It comes after a high-profile incident involving an alleged assault on a taxi driver.
# Taxi Drivers
Social media and ad campaign to highlight need to respect taxi drivers
A video of an assault on a Dublin taxi driver emerged on Easter Monday.
# are you out long
'Are you busy tonight?' What you should actually say to taxi drivers, according to taxi drivers
We asked Dublin’s taxi men about their favourite customers… and their least favourite.
# targeted
West Dublin gang using hailing apps to target older taxi drivers
Taxi drivers have been targeted a number of times in the last two years in this area.
# Taxi Drivers
Cost of putting a taxi on the road for newer drivers can be over €26,000 a year, says NTA
The NTA said it regularly monitors the cost of operating a taxi when it undertakes a fare review process.
# Beep beep
Spotlight: A female taxi driver gives us the down-low on working in the industry
The worst thing? Smelly people apparently.
# Transport
Taxi drivers say Dublin city restrictions are hindering transport for people with disabilities
Tourists have also been complaining about the shortage of taxis in the city centre and the fact that they can’t always be dropped right to their destination.
Taxi driver cleared of not bringing passengers quickest route from airport to Temple Bar
The NTA had allegations that some taxis coming from Dublin Airport were failing to take the shortest route.
# Misbehaving
Four West Brom players apologise after allegedly stealing a taxi in Barcelona and driving it to McDonald's
The Baggies are investigating the incident, which took place this week during a training camp in Spain.
# drivers for change
Workshops being rolled out to taxi drivers to help deal with passengers in distress
Aware and Mytaxi have launched a campaign encouraging drivers to promote positive mental health.
# Mental Health
Aware are educating Dublin taxi drivers so that they can discuss mental health with passengers
This initiative could make a huge impact.
# pass the aux
15 songs that always come on in the taxi at the end of a night out
“Who’s gonna drive you home … ?”
# Big Day Out
Wanted: taxi drivers to help give hundreds of kids a special day out in Dublin
The event has been running in Dublin since 1960, offering a fun day out every year for children with special needs.
# National Transport Authority
From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers
“The driver, to my surprise, took offence … saying that he didn’t need to take such abuse and he is not bringing me home but kicking me out.”
# BEHAVIOUR AND FARES
Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis
Most of the complaint outcomes involved no further action as the complainant didn’t respond or there was no evidence of an offence.
# They Did It
Ireland's legal profession just pointed the finger firmly at insurers when it comes to spiralling motor insurance costs
The Oireachtas finance committee has been hearing from all sides in the motor insurance dispute today.
# taxiwatch
'I can see it in them': Success for suicide prevention service run by Irish taxi drivers
Derek Devoy, who set up the service, suffered from depression for four years and wants to do something to help people in trouble.
# safe home
A taxi driver in Mayo is offering Leaving Certs free lifts tonight for a lovely reason
What a legend.
# Workload
Taxi drivers work an average of five hours a day, new study finds
A taxi drivers weekly earnings can range from €98 up to €1,189.
# unsatisfied customers
Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years
More than half of the complaints made last year concerned the behaviour of taxi drivers.
# cab of love
Dublin taxi drivers explain what love means to them
These guys…
# taxi trouble
It's Man -V- Sat Nav as London cabbies pitch street battle against Uber
London’s black taxi drivers say phones and apps will never be a match for ‘The Knowledge’.
# mr taxi man
11 things you should never do to a taxi driver again
“TURN UP THIS SONG I REALLY LIKE IT.”
# uber angry
Courtney Love got 'taken hostage' during a protest in Paris
Then she gave the French President a serious talking to.
# Courts
Dublin woman spared jail after smashing beer bottle over taxi driver's head
“I’m not going to pay you. Leave me alone or I’m going to fight you,” her co-accused said.
# Beijing
Taxi drivers drink pesticides in protest over licensing
The incident took place in the Chinese capital’s landmark Wangfujing shopping street.
# Careful Now
Heading out over Christmas? There might be rogue taxi drivers about
Taxi groups are calling for more enforcement of regulations.
# Carjacking
Taxi driver injured as his car is stolen by man armed with knife
A 31-year-old man has been arrested.
# Fun
Fair play: Taxi drivers are throwing a huge party for 850 kids with special needs
Last year, organisers had struggled to get enough drivers involved but this year is going to be bigger and better than ever.
# Knifepoint
Taxi-drivers call for grants to 'carjack-proof' their vehicles
The National Private Hire and Taxi Association have spoken out after yesterday’s attack on a Dublin taxi driver.