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Hard times
« on: February 20, 2021, 01:38:29 pm »
IRU puts taxi plight in the spotlight12 FEB 2021 · PEOPLE, PROSPERITY

With the support of its members, IRU has launched a social media campaign, support4taxi, with operators and drivers from Germany, Ireland, Romania and Spain expressing their concerns on the future of their sector.

Many countries are back in lockdown following a third wave of COVID-19 and taxi operators have once again seen their incomes collapse. “Our business has decreased by more than 70%,” says Ruben, a taxi driver from Madrid.

Restrictions on events, travel and the closure of all non-essential shops have dramatically reduced demand. Tamar, a single mother of two from Dublin, drives a taxi to support her family and worries that customers are rare during the day and at night only a few taxis are on duty. 

While many governments have decided that taxis should continue to operate despite low demand, particularly to transport essential workers who have no alternative, few are providing sufficient financial support to the sector. “It’s a fight for survival right now. Without government support our business will go under,” say taxi drivers Mustafa and Bartlomiej in Hamburg. 

Taxi and hire car operators and drivers have made significant efforts to ensure passenger safety, including disinfection, refurbishing of vehicles and regular ventilation. But customers are still rare. “We have taken measures to ensure the health of our travellers, which involved significant investment from us. But we have very few customers: our business has dropped by 80%,” says Romanian taxi driver Ioan. 

IRU’s social media campaign has been warmly received by the public, evidence of the taxi industry’s positive reputation. If you have any questions or ideas regarding taxi campaigns, please contact our Brussels office.

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2021, 02:25:03 pm »
Silver dosent look like things will improve soon ....No consideration will be given to opening hospitality until mid-summer, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.

Speaking on RTÉ's Raidió na Gaeltachta, Mr Martin said that the coronavirus numbers are far too high and that the Government and public health officials are particularly concerned about the emergence of new variants.

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2021, 07:01:19 pm »
Who's IRU... another self-appointed drivers' representative?

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2021, 07:49:58 pm »
Were they the Crowd went on Primetime and were blaming the Queen of England for double jobbers or taxi suicides ?Think yer mans name was Tony .

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2021, 08:02:42 pm »
https://www.iru.org/who-we-are

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IRU is the world road transport organisation. We represent the entire industry – bus, coach, truck and taxi, and drive the sustainable mobility of people and goods across the planet.

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2021, 09:22:21 pm »
Were they the Crowd went on Primetime and were blaming the Queen of England for double jobbers or taxi suicides ?Think yer mans name was Tony .

incorrect john.
the chap was saying there was a big hullabaloo over the visit of the queen and there was'nt a hullabaloo over the amount of suicides in ireland including the taxi game.
that condescending west brit cunt pat kenny sneered and scoffed at the point he was making.

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2021, 10:31:41 pm »
Who's IRU... another self-appointed drivers' representative?
International Road Users.

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Re: Hard times
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2021, 10:32:34 pm »
https://www.iru.org/who-we-are

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IRU is the world road transport organisation. We represent the entire industry – bus, coach, truck and taxi, and drive the sustainable mobility of people and goods across the planet.
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