UP TO 300 taxi drivers rallied in Dublin today over a range of issues they say are affecting them.
Their concerns stem from proposals in a consultation paper on reforms to the industry that is being considered by the government.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Christopher Humphrey of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association, said that the issues they were protesting over include:
- The oversupply of taxis
- The lack of parking facilities
- “The ranks being taken away from us because of the new Luas”
- Junior minister Alan Kelly bringing in legislation to ban advertising from taxis, which a lot of drivers get revenue from.
The proposed reforms include the introduction of a local area hackney system, lowering of entry level standards for wheelchair accessible vehicles, and credit card transaction costs.
It is also proposed that a number of key taxi ranks in Dublin be removed.
Source: 300 taxi drivers protest in Dublin city over ads, parking and too many taxis