My sympathy to the family and friends of David Meade who died the other day.
David is one of the founder members of the taxi drivers for change.
He felt it his duty to speak out and organize when the unions and other leaders had abandoned us.
I hope his spirit will lead us forward as we move into the next stage of our protests.
God bless and protect you and your kin.
Keep an eye on us.
The taxi industry had been waiting for the Goodbody report on the taxi and hackney industry in Ireland.
I got a copy and started to read it.
It is total fiction !
Speaking of what a good job the taxi regulator has done..
Wait a minute...Taxi drivers not even knowing where O"Connell St. is ?.
I had that from a Senator the other day.
Taxi queues a mile long and he says there is no need to cap the numbers?
On page 7 he says Cab drivers have to work longer hours to achieve their income targets and on an hourly basis they are earning well below the current average industrial wage..
They do not even reach the basic minimum wage.
Also on page 7 he also says that the guys who work part time do between 30 and 45 hours at their day jobs. And (wait for it)Some (1 in 5) work in excess of 75 hours in total........
Imagine your kids getting into a taxi where the driver has worked over 70 hours.
Is this guy on tablets?
Or has he forgotten to take them ?
There is nothing in this report that is relevant to the situation we are now in.
If the taxi fleet in Dublin was halved today there would still be too many taxis in Dublin.
There are 18 million people in Manhattan.
They have around i3,000 taxis in New York.
We have 20,000 taxis in Dublin pop 2 mill
They have 13,000 taxis.
We are the highest taxi ratio per head of population in the world!
Why are more cars allowed on the streets ?.
He also says in the report that anyone entering the trade will make a good living.
The person who drew up this report is badly deluded, or dishonest.
I am not qualified to go through it. But how in all honesty anyone could study the chaos of the taxi industry in Dublin and could write such a report is beyond any logical explanation.
Perhaps we could employ some expert to read it and draw the correct conclusions.
Mary Lou McDonald says its crap too.
This report pushes taxi drivers backs to the wall.
The taxi protests over the past few weeks have cost other industry's thousands of euro.
This report is like throwing a match into the explosives shed.
Would it not make more sense to talk?
I mean dialogue, not "this is not in my remit" Stone wall talk
A professor was studying a circus flea.
He said "Jump" and the flea sailed through the air for one meter.(He measured it)
He wrote his notes.
Then with a tweezers the fulled off one of its legs.
"Jump" He only managed 78 cm.(He took note)
You get the gist.
By evening time the poor flea had only one leg left and at the command it only managed a millimeter.
On the removal of the last leg the flea remained where it was..
His report read that the flea became progressively deaf with the removal of its legs until it was totally deaf!!!!
Bit like this report.
We are not making contact.