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#TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:54:48 pm »
Protesting taxi drivers leaves Minister Mallon facing stark industry concerns in Belfast (TaxiPoint)

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Taxi driver gathered to protest in Belfast on Monday leaving Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon facing questions from frustrated cabbies outside Stormont.  Since the coronavirus hit Northern Ireland forcing it into lockdown, taxi drivers have been asking for clear guidance and financial support to help them survive the sharp downturn in work caused by lockdown.  A large number of both public and private hire taxis converged outside Belfast’s Parliament Buildings to protest. Banners where displayed referencing #TaxiDriversMatter whilst cabbies sounded their horns.  Much to the surprise of the protesters, the Infrastructure Minister did take the time to speak directly to the taxi drivers, answering questions and listening to concerns for around half an hour.

The group submitted a briefing document detailing the stark issues currently facing Northern Ireland’s 8,580 licensed taxi driver and their families.

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“We wait with interest on what her next move is, but rest assured, we have started a movement for change.”

#TaxiDriversMatter!   :P



On a serious note, they claim that 40% of taxi drivers up North got no Covid payment or any other support from the dasterdly British Govt.

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 07:37:31 pm »
FFS are people incapable of coming up with their own slogan?

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 07:57:25 pm »
at least they put on their best trackies and runners.

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 10:46:25 am »
Public and private taxis is an interesting concept. Removing the public service element from the Irish Republican taxi fleet is something Govt must look at given the trade itself (both drivers and bosses) has opined that it cannot offer a safe public service. Going forward it might make sense to withdraw all public service vehicle licences inn favour of private hire licences with all fares arranged through licensed dispatch firms.

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 11:12:44 am »
Public and private taxis is an interesting concept. Removing the public service element from the Irish Republican taxi fleet is something Govt must look at given the trade itself (both drivers and bosses) has opined that it cannot offer a safe public service. Going forward it might make sense to withdraw all public service vehicle licences inn favour of private hire licences with all fares arranged through licensed dispatch firms.
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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2020, 11:17:20 am »
you must be getting out of the game are you RC?  Because as of late it seems you have nothing but praise for the retards that are the NTA, freenow and the whole system they operate under. It seems like your trying to rub ordinary drivers noses in it with your sarcastic remarks on just about everything to do with either the NTA or freenow.  So it makes me wonder, are you retiring ?

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2020, 11:21:44 am »
you must be getting out of the game are you RC?  Because as of late it seems you have nothing but praise for the retards that are the NTA, freenow and the whole system they operate under. It seems like your trying to rub ordinary drivers noses in it with your sarcastic remarks on just about everything to do with either the NTA or freenow.  So it makes me wonder, are you retiring ?

I reckon he's just judging the consensus on here that taxis are dangerous cesspits of viral infection therefore there is a need for regulation in that regard

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2020, 11:37:07 am »
You could be right there only but I think he's getting out of the game and is going to pass his days slagging the system and the drivers that have to work under it. Just a feeling is all.

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2020, 11:49:36 am »
He could start by abandoning intaxi.org....and Roy could get started again!!

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2020, 02:05:29 pm »
He owns the kip,its in his interest to generate controversy

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2020, 02:09:51 pm »
Protestant work ethic me bollox .You wouldnt hear the Black Cab lads on the Falls road moaning .

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2020, 02:12:02 pm »
Public and private taxis is an interesting concept. Removing the public service element from the Irish Republican taxi fleet is something Govt must look at given the trade itself (both drivers and bosses) has opined that it cannot offer a safe public service. Going forward it might make sense to withdraw all public service vehicle licences inn favour of private hire licences with all fares arranged through licensed dispatch firms.
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Public Service Element .Has anybody gotten that confirmed on a nice bit or recyclable pine scented notepaper from Eamo .

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2020, 03:32:12 pm »
Are yiu still allowed to even call them black cabs ermy ?

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Re: #TaxiDriversMatter in Northern Ireland
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2020, 04:28:27 pm »
You could be right there only but I think he's getting out of the game and is going to pass his days slagging the system and the drivers that have to work under it. Just a feeling is all.
Then again he could be taking the P
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