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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?

Alan Kelly’s response to the New phone rule with regard to Hailo

Roy May 1st, 2014

Although it’s very similar to the previous one it might be useful for a driver facing prosecution to have a copy with DOT’s official paper featured:

(With thanks to Gerry Macken)

Clarification from the Minister regarding the new Phone rule

Roy April 24th, 2014

(With special thanks to Mr John Mc Grath esq)

The new regulations, which come into effect from 1 May 2014, make it an offence to send or read a text message from a mobile phone while driving a mechanically propelled vehicle.

These regulations apply to mobile phones which are not being held, i.e. to hands-free devices. In the regulations:

· ‘Text message’ in these regulations includes an SMS or MMS message, or an email.

· ‘MMS’ means a Multimedia Messaging Service which sends messages that include multimedia content between mobile or fixed numbers assigned in accordance with national numbering plans.

· ‘SMS’ means a Short Message Service text message, composed principally of alphabetical or numerical characters, capable of being sent between mobile or fixed numbers assigned in accordance with national numbering plans.

You have raised the question of whether this will impact on the use of certain systems by taxi drivers. There are no specific exemptions for taxi drivers – the same underlying issue, that of driver distraction, applies equally to all drivers.

I am however aware of systems such as HailO, which is a smartphone app used to notify drivers that a fare is waiting. It allows drivers to accept by pushing a button, at which point the app displays details of the location for pick-up, and also offers a map of how to get there.

It is the Department’s understanding that HailO operates over the internet. This means that it is neither SMS- nor MMS-based. Email operates over the internet. The fact that the regulations specify email implies that non-email communication via the internet is not covered by regulations. Assuming this is the correct position, I therefore understand that the new regulations do not impact on the use of HailO. However, I would be concerned if drivers did not pull in to the side of the road to read any type of message, whether or not they are currently included in the Regulations.

I also have concerns about the wider issue of driver distraction caused by the interaction while driving with various forms of electronic communications and devices currently not covered by legislation. I intend to examine this in the context of a Road Traffic Bill which is currently being developed by my Department, and to consider more wide-ranging restrictions on driving while using such devices.

Yours sincerely,

Leo Varadkar

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Hailo to begin competing with Taxis!

Roy April 17th, 2014

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you, they’re moving into the Hack/Limo business!

We are very excited to have started trialling our upcoming executive car service in Dublin and Cork. Starting this Easter, Hailo a car as usual and you may be pleasantly surprised when the job is accepted by an executive driver. During this trial period, pricing is set at the same (or less) than a regular taxi. If you are one of the lucky ones, please do send feedback and let us know what you think

Greed is good

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