The Taxis for Ireland Coalition again renews its calls for the Government to act urgently and address the chronic shortage of taxis, particularly during peak times.
Speaking to TDs and Senators in Leinster House last Wednesday, Taxis for Ireland members pointed to research that clearly demonstrates the difficulty people all over Ireland are experiencing when trying to access taxi services.
In Dublin, the Bolt Report’s analysis found that, over the long term, reform could annually generate between 1,050 and 2,150 additional income opportunities, and add between €32m and €58m to the local economy. In Cork, between 235 and 550 additional income opportunities would be created and between €8m and €15m added to the local economy.
Comparing Cork and Dublin against the experience of similar cities in Europe, the report shows alternative regulatory models have the potential to narrow the gap between supply and demand, and bring benefits in terms of jobs, more trips and supporting a growth in the night-time economy.
Last week’s briefing in the Oireachtas follows a recent meeting between the Coalition and the National Transport Authority (NTA) and correspondence with the Taoiseach and Minister for Transport on this issue. A range of representatives from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin attended the briefing in the AV Room in Leinster House which was hosted by Senator Tim Lombard (FG). Staff of various politicians also were in attendance.
The briefing dealt with many of the problems recently highlighted within a recently commissioned report by Bolt which revealed that in Dublin nearly half (43per cent) of requested trips by customers can go unfulfilled at peak times (between Friday midday and Sunday morning). Even the least constrained period of the week, Monday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, has a 16er cent shortfall with even worse statistics for peak time in Cork.
Some of the main themes that were discussed included: taxi availability, particularly in rural areas; queries regarding WAVs and the Government’s position on this; international examples where taxi supply is not an issue and the current licensing system – and what needs to be done to alleviate the challenges of this.
Separate research carried out by YouGov on behalf of members of the Coalition in January 2024 has shown that 39 per cent of people in Ireland are concerned about getting home safely due to the shortage of taxis. 64c of those surveyed said that action should be taken to help increase the number of taxis here.
The Bolt Report demonstrated a massive gap in supply and demand for pre-booked taxis across Ireland. The report shows that almost half of requested trips in Dublin are going unfulfilled at peak times and claims Irish cities including Dublin, are losing out on millions as a result of outdated taxi regulations.
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