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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fare play to David as he wraps taxi in gay pride colours

David Knox, Driver Partner of Hailo with taxi in support of Yes for Equality in upcoming referendum. Mount street, Lower, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
David Knox, Driver Partner of Hailo with taxi in support of Yes for Equality in upcoming referendum. Mount street, Lower, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

THIS Dublin taxi driver volunteered to have his vehicle covered in pride colours to support the same-sex marriage referendum.

David Knox (42) said that he became actively involved in the campaign for the sake of his gay friends and colleagues.

David is a partner taxi driver with Hailo - the cab company urging voters to get out and have their say in tomorrow's referendum.

He said that he "happily" volunteered his taxi to be the lucky one to be wrapped in the rainbow colours in tribute to the LGBT pride flag.

"I have four children and I would hope to God that they would have the very same chance of happiness in life as everyone else," he told the Herald.

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"I think it's desperate seeing people being discriminated against. I have a friend who's gay and one of the girls in the office is gay, so it's important to have equality for them."

So far the feedback from the public has been overwhelming.

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Mr Knox has seen tears shed over his taxi, while he has been inundated with selfie requests.

"It has been very well received. The car was wrapped in Tallaght by Feeneys and when I pulled out onto the bypass for the first time people were beeping the horn at me," he said. "It's bringing a smile to people's faces for sure."

And the public can expect to keep on smiling as both Hailo and Mr Knox have no plans to remove the colourful display, despite the outcome of Friday's vote.

"The rainbow will be staying on for a while, there's no time frame on stripping it," he said. "I've already got requests to collect people in it on Saturday."

With so much public support and praise for Hailo's stance on the referendum, Mr Knox says a Yes vote is important for Ireland.

"We're a changed country, we have to move on."

initiatives

Hailo has unveiled a number of initiatives in the lead up to voting day to encourage participation amongst its customers and the wider public.

The company's 'Drive for Equality campaign' includes offering €15 towards a taxi journey to the nearest polling station to vote tomorrow between 11am and 4pm tomorrow.

Hailo have released a video showing one of their drivers as a "hetrophobe" rather than a homophobe, to highlight how "ridiculous discrimination is".

Flyers and beermats have also been distributed on streets and in pubs to remind people of the importance of voting and to highlight Hailo's campaign.

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