I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago in response to taxi drivers complaints that there were as many taxi plates in Dublin as there were in New York, and that it was hard for them to get business any more.
The post got a couple of comments, one obviously from a taxi driver – not really doing him or his profession much good either. More interestingly, the post appeared as a link on a thread on the Irish Taxis Forum. This thread more specifically referred to the Taxi Regulators reference to the fact that taxis had no work was because they weren’t looking for it rather than the number of plates.
In case you haven’t seen it mentioned it anywhere else, the taxi drivers are planning a protest on May 6th. Their form of protest is that they’re all going to come to work, but only between the hours of 9am and 1pm.
Their plan is to show us that if all taxi drivers came to work in the bigger cities at the same time, that the places would grind to a stand-still. According to the site:
Tuesday May 6th Country wide a national work in as we try harder, as many taxis as can be got to work the city centres ( Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Cork, Sligo every major city and town centre ) between 9.00 and 13.00 No one unjustly refusing fares ( that would be a strike and we’re not holding a strike ) As many taxis as possible with a simple A4 sheet of paper in the windows proclaiming ” I’m trying harder the Taxi Regulator says I have to ” and bring the fucking places to a grid lock….
Note, this isn’t a strike apparently. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Judging by some comments on the forum, even the drivers themselves don’t expect this protest to be properly or fully supported by all drivers.