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SayTaxi Enters the Irish Taxi APP Scene.

Roy August 20th, 2014

Say “hello” to SayTaxi, the “eHail” application that is truly “Taxi Only” coming soon to Dublin.
Say Taxi Ireland Website:
Driver signup is happening NOW! Click Here

The Driver friendly application:

  • Drivers only accept those fares that suit their situation, they may ignore or reject those that do not, with no consequences.
  • Drivers may accept fares while in the process of dropping another passenger, they simply adjust the estimated arrival time to allow for any expected delay.
  • Drivers may accept the estimated time of arrival or adjust it depending on traffic conditions, direction of travel or one way systems.
  • All Taxis registered with the N.T.A, regardless of their age or type are acceptable, SayTaxi only asks that it be kept clean and that the vehicle owner is also its driver.

The Passenger friendly application:

  • Only available drivers or those ready to cover the journey appear on the passenger application.
  • Saytaxi gives passengers the most accurate arrival time of all Taxi applications currently available.
  • Passengers may register their credit or debit cards, to allow for the easy payment of their taxi fare and recording of their taxi usage.

See how SayTaxi works:

Taxi App Hailo Now Almost Ubiquitous Across Ireland

Roy August 15th, 2014

(Guest Post)

While Uber has certainly drawn the majority of headlines in the news over the past few weeks and months, it appears that another smartphone application is on the rise, and could well be making its way to an area near you. It’s not quite as controversial as the former, and should be more complimentary to most drivers’ needs, rather than potentially taking some of their business.

New way of hailing a cab

Hailo, clearly derived from ‘hailing’ a cab, is a relatively straightforward concept. You use your phone to order a licenced local taxi to come and pick you up. You don’t need to call anyone, there’s no additional fee, and drivers can find their fares just by going to the phone’s GPS location. There certainly seems to be no reason for local drivers not to register for the service, especially if the uptake in use continues, and many consumers are likely to enjoy the fact that they don’t need to know the address that they’re at, and don’t need to ring anyone.
It’s worth noting here that Hailo simply approves the drivers it works with, it does not employ them. It’s just giving customers a different way of ordering their car, rather than actually running the service end to end. There are many who believe that this is likely to be the future of ordering a taxi – it does after all make things easier for pretty much everyone involved.

Irish network

Hailo is available currently in 13 major cities in Europe, North America and Japan, but in Ireland, it is running almost seamlessly over the whole country. Travellers can use the app in Ashbourne, Bray, Greystones, Balbriggan, Celbridge, Navan, Trim, Athlone, Leixlip, Mullingar, Maynooth, Drogheda, Dundalk, Sligo, and Ennis. At the moment there are no bases in Northern Ireland.
Arklow, Letterkenny, Longford, Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon, Clonmel, Thurles, Ballina, Castlebar, and Westport are all planned destinations that should be available pretty soon, meaning nearly everyone in the country with a smartphone will be able to hail a cab without going outside or making a call.
The app has now been around for two years, and in that time has managed to rack up more than four million journeys, thanks to a user base of about 400,000 people. That means that almost one in ten people in Ireland have downloaded it, and thousands are using it each and every day.
With the advent of these kinds of programs, it’s likely that we’ll see an uptake in people looking to set themselves up as independent licenced drivers. The process is being made so much easier – there’s little need to wait for people to ring into a centralised base and get distributed outwards. Hailo approved drivers won’t have to wait around at ranks or search for fares; they can just wait for the app to show them to someone who needs a lift.
It will be very interesting to see if the app expands from the cities it’s currently operating in and becomes the norm for ordering cabs. For now however, it’s firmly rooted in Ireland, and any independents that aren’t already registered may well want to take a look.

Horse Show Rank

Roy July 30th, 2014

(or lack of it?)

Horse Show 2014 Traffic Management Plan

TO WHOM IT CONCERNS:

Due to the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse a Garda Road Closure will be in place on Simmonscourt Road from Wed. 6th. To Sunday 10th. August 2014.

Traffic management plan is a listed below if there are any issues or assistance required please contact the RDS 24 Security Patrol on 087-9372835.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HORSE SHOW BARRIERS ON SIMMONSCOURT ROAD.

The road closure will be in place from 7am – 7pm Daily Wednesday 6thd.to Sunday 10th. –August 2014

Gardai will control local access at Merrion Road /Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road / Simmonscourt Road.

Traffic from Donnybrook to Ballsbridge via Simmonscourt Road is diverted from St. Mary’s Church on the Simmonscourt Road to Anglesea Road.

Traffic from Ballsbridge to Donnybrook via Simmonscourt is directed to Anglesea Road at Bewleys Hotel Simmonscourt Road / Merrion Road junction.

To ensure minimum disruption the RDS will provide windscreen tickets for Simmonscourt Road Residents. Vehicular access for residents will be at Anglesea Road / Simmonscourt Road junction.

Pedestrian Access will be maintained via Gate L and Gate M at all times.

Access to Bewleys Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel will be maintained at all times from
Merrion Road /Simmonscourt Road junction.

Access to Simmonscourt House Offices will be maintained at all times from Merrion Road /Simmonscourt Road.Occupants of these offices will be issued with access / car park tickets.

The Gardai will facilitate space for a limited Taxi rank out side Bewleys Hotel.
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Bringing a car to Spain.

Roy July 21st, 2014

I need to bring a car from Dublin to Alicante, (not me actually … it’s a mate, I’m just going along for the ride).
We’re hoping to avoid the UK motorways and instead are thinking about going from Rosslare to Saint Nazaire (a twenty one hour crossing) and then continuing from there on to Gijon in Northern Spain (another sixteen hours) using LD lines who now operate ferries from Rosslare, it will cost about €800 for the two of us and the car (four berth cabin on both ferries), strangely enough it would only be about €900 for four of us so it seems we’d be better trying to make it more of a lads session, (probably not too much hope of getting the girls on board and into a four berth?), we will then be heading from Gijon to Alicante using the excellent Spanish motorway system.
We expect to be fully rested after the two ferry crossings and ready to take on the eight hour road trip, sharing the driving with as few pit stops as possible.
Have any of you done this trip or do you know of anyone that has?
How did it work out?
(Mainly the ferry crossings)
We’ve done a few road trips down the years but nothing on this scale, I don’t think the scale of it or the time involved will faze us too much as we tend to enjoy adventures of this nature, hopefully I’m not being too naive, we’ve done a few five hour ferry crossings/road trips thankfully and the friendship has survived intact.

Cab companies and reps running scared

Roy July 4th, 2014

Afraid they will soon be irrelevant, hopefully it’s true.

Statement from I.T.I.B.
Present were representatives from Irish Taxi Drivers Federation (ITDF) National Irish Taxi Association (NITA) National Private Hire & Taxi Association (NPHTA) and Tiománai Tacsaí Na hÉireann (TTNH), A2Z Taxis, Global Taxis, National Radio Cabs, Trinity Taxis, Blue Cabs, VIP Taxis, Xpert Taxis, Cab 2000,Terenure Taxis.

It is planned to expand this grouping nationwide to all professional taxi driver representative bodies and licensed taxi companies in order to unify the industry in their opposition to the use of unlicensed taxi drivers, vehicles and dispatch companies. This group now joins a worldwide industry concern that the protection afforded to the consumer through regulation is being diluted by the influx of “rogue type” App operators willing to cherry pick the lucrative sector of the market they wish to service.

Further European alliances are expected in order to guarantee a professional service in a controlled and regulated market.

A six person committee has been established to represent this group comprising of taxi drivers representatives and taxi company representatives equally, (3 each). The committee agree that there is a great threat from some existing App operators along with App operators preparing to enter the Irish market. We are in communication with taxi representatives throughout Europe who have already seen and suffered from the roadmap rolled out by these operators who see the private hire market as being the route to better profitability and control.

LTDA drivers in London reacted to the shift from taxis to private hire and we must be aware that potentially the same could happen here.

Our aim is to prevent operators from flaunting the current rules pertaining to immediate hire by using Apps, to provide this service to the public via private hire, limousine or private car is disregarding regulations and removing protections currently afforded to the general public.

Everyone potentially is threatened by this so we must put our differences aside and for once show a united front.

The first committee meeting held in VIP offices 2/7/2014 it was agreed that we now proceed to communicate and represent this growing group representing (for the first time) multiple stakeholders representing drivers, driver representative groups, taxi companies and taxi company representative groups under the title “Irish Taxi Industry Board”(I.T.I.B.)

UBER Does Taxis

Roy June 20th, 2014

Uber X (taxi) Launched today in Dublin.
Should be interesting.
Saloon Taxis only, 2008 or newer.
Meter is not operated, the fare is set by the Uber “meter”
No extras whatsoever
Standard fare is: €3 initial fare, plus 64c per KM, plus 33 cents per minute.
So, if you travel 1km and it takes 2 mins, the fare will be €3 plus 64c plus 66c.
If demand outstrips supply surge pricing kicks in and the fare goes up by 1.5 (or more depending on demand)
Uber is guaranteeing €12 per hour for this weekend (4pm Thursday until midnight Sunday), provided you are online and available, max 10% refusal.
Uber also pays an extra €3 per job if driver accepts 20-40 jobs in a week, €8 per job if more than 40 jobs accepted.
Uber operates on its own iPhone PDA supplied free of charge.
If your rating drops to a certain level you get kicked off the system.
€5 minimum fare
Commission 20%

New Enforcers Beginning to make a difference?

Roy June 12th, 2014

During May a total of 21 unlicensed operators were detected in different areas of the country. These comprised:

11 unlicensed operators detected in Dublin;
3 unlicensed operators detected in Kildare;
1 unlicensed operator detected in Mayo;
1 unlicensed operator in Roscommon;
1 unlicensed operator detected in Donegal;
1 unlicensed operator detected in Louth;
1 unlicensed operator detected in Wicklow;
1 unlicensed operator detected in Kerry; and
1 unlicensed operator detected in Wexford

Can UBER succeed in Ireland?

Roy June 3rd, 2014

UBER has been successful in areas where the Taxi sector has been protected by government to such an extent that the service provided was inadequate and generally supported by a fleet of private hire vehicles.
UBER gave these private hire vehicles the opportunity to compete at or above the same service level as the existing Taxi fleets and as they were generally greater in number and provided a cheaper and possibly more efficient service they have won out.
However Ireland does not have this type of arrangement anymore, it did back in 2000 and if UBER had arrived then or if the private hire sector here was now as it was then, UBER would have been similarly successful here, however the irish government had the good sense to deregulate the Taxi industry thereby turning the private hire sector into Taxis, effectively doing away with the private hire sector altogether.
The remaining private hire vehicles (mainly limousines) have carved out a highly lucrative niche for themselves and for the most part have little or no desire to join up with UBER, paying them 20% of their income, lowering their prices and tackle the cheap and cheerful Taxi sector.
Therefore it seems very unlikely that UBER will take hold here any time soon, unless of course visitors to our shores expect to be able to avail of their favourite APP.

Comments

Roy June 2nd, 2014

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UBER CEO Travis Kalanick is an arrogant prick!

Roy May 30th, 2014

Have a listen to this dangerous gobshite:

Dublin Taxi Service third best in the world

Roy May 24th, 2014

As decided by Trip Advisor:

I’m a bit disappointed we aren’t in the top three friendliest and  with the performance of the other sectors, but hey …. third best taxi service ain’t bad?

Dublin Airport Taxi Transfer

Roy May 18th, 2014

  • Low fixed price fares from Dublin Airport to all the most popular Hotels in Dublin
  • No deposit required, book now, pay in the Taxi, all major credit cards accepted
  • Friendly, experienced Taxi drivers with a vast knowledge of Dublin and it’s surrounds who will be happy to recommend restaurants, entertainment venues, places to visit or to answer any other query you may have.
  • Easy five minute booking system

What are you waiting for? …. Click the image below to get started!

Dublin Airport Hotel Transfer

Ireland by taxi is back!

Roy May 15th, 2014

The popular site offering great value long distance taxi trips is back up and running in time for the upcoming busy tourist season.
Some new low priced fixed fares to Dublin’s hotels are to be added soon so be sure to check it out before you arrive in the City!

Interesting Letter regarding UBER from NTA to NCDA

Roy May 12th, 2014

Happy to see that the Limo organisation is against UBER, sad to read the NTA’s response.


Taxis to have reduced access to Bus Lanes

Roy May 7th, 2014

Leo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)

Bus lanes have been put in place, at some expense to the public, to provide on-street priority for buses.  Their aim is make public transport more attractive by increasing the speed and reliability of bus journeys.  When bus lanes were first introduced, it was agreed to allow taxis to use with-flow bus lanes while in service.  This was a decision based on the fact that taxis are available for on-street hire. The National Transport Authority advise that the reference in section 11.4 of the recently published Integrated Implementation Plan to potential restrictions on the use of with-flow bus lanes by taxis, relates to possible interventions which might have to be considered in the future in specific circumstances.

Where high capacity public transport corridors, such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or Luas extensions, are being implemented, it may be necessary, at certain locations, to assess whether all of the taxis seeking to use the Bus/BRT or Bus/Luas lane can be accommodated without impeding the high capacity vehicles.  It is not an acceptable outcome of such infrastructure investments if the level of taxi usage diminished the effectiveness and efficiency of the BRT or Luas facility.

The principle that will be operated is that where taxis can be accommodated without delaying or impacting the operation of the BRT or Luas vehicle, they will continue to be able to use the Bus/BRT or Bus/Luas lane.  However, where they would create delays to the BRT or Luas service, then consideration may have to be given to additional local restrictions to address that issue.

free access to the Port tunell/East link and the M50 might be a reasonable compromise if these plans are to go ahead?

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