Suppose there are 16,000 taxis in Dublin...
Suppose that if there was a need to contact those drivers in a hurry.
A girl was attacked in Blackhall Place on New Years day.
I only knew this because there is a notice to that effect in the airport taxi drivers canteen.
There is no big notice up at the crime scene
"SERIOUS INCIDENT PLEASE CONTACT THE GARDA!"
This is not 1810 it is 20 10.
So I rang the number and spoke to a detective.
He quoted me the right to privacy and how numbers held by the taxi regulator are private information..
Really ! You have at your disposal a method of contacting 20,000 people scattered all over the city in an instant and they have never included a note when applying for or renewing a PSV licence that your mobile number may be used by the Garda to alert you to possible crimes or serious incidents.
While I was at it I gave him an ear full about Garda moving on taxis instead of asking for information from them about that assault.
Just a thought.
The Garda did not come when I reported an assault in Fairview, when I stopped an unmarked car they insisted in processing the guy they had just stopped.
A few weeks later a young lad was kicked to death 50 meters away from the first incident, it might have been the same guys.