Tuesday 21 November 2017

New city traffic plans will cause fares to soar, warn taxi drivers

Drivers from a leading city taxi company have warned that some fares could jump by up to half under Dublin City Council's proposed transport plan.

The proposals include banning cars from large swathes of the city and taking cabbies out of College Green.

Lynk Taxi Drivers Committee, which said they were representing 1,500 drivers have penned a submission to the council, outlining the price changes.

A cab from Dame Street to the IFSC costs approximately €10, the submission states. With the changed routes as much as €5 or €7 could be added on to that price.

Similarly, a night-time trip from the same street to Malahide could increase by up to a third. The average price at the minute is between €25 and €27 and that could rise to between €33 and €36 the submission states.

"This will be similar for all trips to the north of Dublin," the submission warns.

"This extra cost benefits nobody in the long run, particularly not the professional taxi driver who wants to provide the best service at the best price to the passenger," it reads.


The submission also raises concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour at night time if taxis are banned from certain areas of the city and fears traffic congestion could worsen around Christ Church and the quays.

Damian Ryan, a member of the committee, told the Herald that another concern that drivers have is about safety if customers who are not familiar with the area think drivers are taking a longer route on purpose to increase the bill.

Meanwhile, the National Private Hire and Taxi Association (NPHTA) has voted to protest over calls to close the Foster Place rank.

In a submission to DCC the Temple Bar Company, which represents businesses in the area, has called for the closure of the rank. It was a site for anti-social behaviour including public urination and littering the submission claimed and it also cited a post graduate student's 24-hour survey of the rank to say that it was mainly a resting area for taxi drivers.

"Foster Place is one of the four busiest ranks in the city. It is a working rank, but it also works as a feeder rank to the College Green one across the road," said Jim Waldron from the NPHTA. "I would also argue that there is actually less anti-social behaviour in areas where there are taxi ranks," he added.

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