Saturday, September 23, 2006

First steps

Hello and welcome to to the first page of my blog.
At present here in Dublin its raining and the Ryder cup is on. Its quite a circus for traffic.
Taxis have been on one day strike for a couple of months now,so here is a brief overview of what its all about.
Around 5 years ago the number of taxis in the city was limited to 3030 or thereabouts.If you wanted to become a driver you had 4 choices.
1 You bought an existing taxi for 80,000 pounds the price of a house at the time.
2 You rented a taxi for 300 pounds per week plus insurance and petrol,day shift or nights.
3You hoped to be luckey when the draw would be held for new licences would be held.
4 You could also buy a hackney plate and work through a radio company.With a hack plate you could not work from a rank or pick up on the street. This did not stop many of the drivers doing it all the time.

One guy brought a case to the government saying that the corperation could not have a manopoly for the taxi licences, he took the case to Europe and won. The Gov. were told that they could not limit the numbers as thay had been doing.
Now if there had been discusssion among the people involved, then perhaps future entrants to the business would have had to pay a bond to be invested on their behalf or something like that. But with the collapse of taxi licence prices many drivers many drivers pensions dissappeared overnight.
Remember taxi plates were costing 80,000 pounds.
The Gov set the price of new licences at 7,000Pounds.
The number of taxis in Dublin had risen to allmost 13,000 Thats more than New York.
Everyone who had a spare day or two in the week bought a taxi, retired, redundant..Even Solisators bought taxi plates so that they could sail into work using the bus lanes..Michael OLeary head of Ryanair is a classic example. Yes he owns his own taxi.
So it was getting hard and then allong the taxi regulator who will rule the industry with
Many changes have come but the hardest one is the abolition of pickup and luggage charges at the airport. The present status is that we pay70c to enter the holding area, when we are called up we redeem the waiting time and the airport charge by charging e1.50.
The airport authorithy are now going to abolish the entry charge in place of a once off e500 while the regulator is abolishing the luggage and pick up charges.
He has introduced other things, good and bad but none of these changes which he introduced can be appealed, he is a bit of a loose cannon, lets hope he shoots himself soon.
Now I have bored you all to death I will wish you goodnight.


  1. Hi John,
    had a look at your blog quite impressive, taxi driver that don,t work nights (easylife) hope the meter is set properly now!, didn't realise there had been a strike till I went on your site hardly world news I suppose.
    Hope to get back to Ireland some time when we can scratch a few pennies together, use Dublin as a base and see a bit more of the country.
    Emailed your I.S.P to try and get taken off their spam blacklist, my I.S.P is freeserve/wannadoo/orange soon to be France telecom and has a terrible reputation for generating spam emails, thus a lot of other I.S.P's are automatically blocking mail coming from their servers, despite a massive amount of complaints they seem unwilling to deal with the problem, hopefully I will be switching to BSKYB Broadband when they have installed the equipment in the exchange.
    I am assuming you have broadband, if not I will try and keep the attachments a reasonable size so you don't timeout before they are downloaded,
    hope this one gets by the spam filters,

    And remember: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the
    intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but
    rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the
    other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO HOO,
    What a Ride!"

  2. Anonymous9:58 PM

    taxi case DID NOT go to european court or irish supreme court

    taxi plates after deregulation cost 5000 punts not 7000

  3. Anonymous10:03 PM


  4. Anonymous12:44 PM

    the length of taxi ranks around the country day and night is embarrasing

  5. I didn't say that I was writing a definative history of the taxi industry..or will I question whether 5000 punts is 7000 euro.But it stands to reason that men lost their pensions when the industry they had invested in was opned up in a fashon that gave no regard to the welfare of decent hardworking people.The queues of taxis waiting to get onto ranks now is a complete embarresment. They trundle round the city centre on Fri. and Sat. nights like herds of wilderbeasts.
    But you do notice that when schools go back there are a lot less taxis on the road.
    Army men and other workers are at it too. I wish I could pop into a school and do a few hours.

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