How Demerits (might) Work



How Demerits (might) Work

If the new demerit system is operated efficiently and we expect there to be a fair chance of getting caught breaking one if the associated rules, most of us will ensure that we don’t break them.
Without the free for all that currently exists, we will be able to go about our business in a fairer way, only acessing ranks when space is available and picking up elsewhere as we pass by, rather than when standing illegally.
We will be more than pleased to see those who continue to break the associated rules getting caught and eventually, if they don’t desist, getting a ban.
If, as many suggest, there is no active enforcement, nothing will change.
Either way, it is worth a try, why the so called rep bodies are determined to chuck this opportunity in the bin is beyond me, sometimes “leaders” have to take the hard decisions rather than the populist view.
This is one of those times, they should take the new bill and the promise it offers, explain to drivers the potential, instead if the moronic clap trap that currently spews forth from them.

123 Comments

  1. Author
    Roy 3 years ago

    Freedom of speech is protected by Article 40.6.1 of the Irish constitution. However the article qualifies this right, providing that it may not be used to undermine “public order or morality or the authority of the State”. Furthermore, the constitution explicitly requires that the publication of “blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter” be a criminal offence, leading the government to pass a new blasphemy law on 8 July 2009.
    The scope of the protection afforded by this Article has been interpreted restrictively by the judiciary, largely as a result of the wording of the Article, which qualifies the right before articulating it. Indeed, until an authoritative pronouncement on the issue by the Supreme Court, many believed that the protection was restricted to “convictions and opinions” and, as a result, a separate right to communicate was, by necessity, implied into Article 40.3.2. This judicial conservatism is at variance with the concept of speech as a democratic imperative. This, albeit trite, justification for free speech has underpinned the liberal, progressive interpretation of the First Amendment by the United States Supreme Court.

  2. bohemian boy 3 years ago

    and as mrs slowcome from are you being served would say,roy is unanimous in that

  3. Author
    Roy 3 years ago

    Just for pig iron I re-read AC’s last 10 or so comments and and there was not one racist utterance among them.

  4. African Cabbie 3 years ago

    Thing is, if you agree with an “opinion l express”, then you are labelled “Bleeding heart”, African-lover or many other derogatory names they have used on just about anyone who looks at issues dispassionately!
    Otherwise, they conclude that l am Vat Man, Roy, Paulie, e.t.c (eve when they are 100% sure l am not those persons!).

    @BB: Please quote where l have made “derogatory statements about IRISH DRIVERS” ….and post it here for everyone to see. That would be the second time l am issuing you with that challenge.

    I may challenge “wrong information” about immigrants but l NEVER will insult a whole race (which is what Irish or being African is)

    I still believe that we need to respect each other, irrespective of how we feel “inside”.
    The web is a public space and you never can be sure who is reading these things, could be my own kid who was born and raised on this Island (sure he wont be happy about these type of perceptions) or it could be yours, who would then wonder whether this is how “we are supposed to relate” to others.
    Thanks.

  5. African Cabbie 3 years ago

    “Sometimes, being UNDERSTANDING is more important than being RIGHT….

    Sometimes, we need not a BRILLIANT MIND that SPEAKS, but a PATIENT HEART that LISTENS….

    Not KEEN EYES that sees FAULTS in others only, but OPEN ARMS that ACCEPTS…..

    Not a FINGER that POINTS OUT MISTAKES but GENTLE HANDS that LEADS….”

    Even in victory, let us be magnanimous!

    Cheers to all.

    ..and l still got “tips” as usual……. even on a very dry Sunday!
    Let me share the secret openly:
    *If my customers raise a “discussion”, l make intelligent contributions
    *If they want music, l ask them what their taste is like and l try to satisfy it (l have a collection!)
    *if l sense they are in a ‘mood’, l keep my mouth shut!
    *I keep my taxi very clean, nice inside and myself, l dress like l get paid “dressing allowance”!
    *I never bore them with my moaning or “how some hate immigrants’ (lol), even when they ask me about it directly, l let them understand that it is not the norm and most Irish people l have met are wonderful people. The bad ones are just a minority and such people occur in all nations.
    *I drive them with utmost care and respect …. and l bet, 90% of the time, l get a “Tip” and a complement. Some ask for my Call-card and do call me out, even at unholy hours!
    Give it a try.

  6. bohemian boy 3 years ago

    i see a group of motorcycle couriers are taking the transporting of blood from the discount prostitutes its great news hopefully it will result in the loss of another contract to the sc.mbag radio company.also its great to see the brits clamping down on their imports.it will be interesting to see how many of them will still want to go there now.hope they dont come here instead though

  7. Author
    Roy 3 years ago

    Only a fooll would be happy that Taxi drivers work is being taken over by motor bikes, what do you think those Taxi drivers that would have been doing those jobs will be doing instead?
    They’ll be ranking in front of you!
    The proposed new racist laws in the UK will only increase the numbers coming here.

  8. Ben 3 years ago

    those new laws in the uk are common sense, not racist. why should any imports get benefits and housing ahead of born and bred uk natives. same laws should be introduced here, but our spineless politicians wont have the guts.

  9. bohemian boy 3 years ago

    wrong on both counts.-these fools who work for little or nothing have contributed in no small way to the state the industry finds itself in today.secondly if the uk do adopt such proposals its inevidable this country will alsoanly a fool would think otherwise

  10. Author
    Roy 3 years ago

    So giving the work to Motor bikers is a step forward?
    Explain how less work for Taxi drivers is a good thing?
    There is no guarantee that our government will follow the UK with those laws.

  11. African Cabbie 3 years ago

    “Sometimes, being UNDERSTANDING is more important than being RIGHT….

    Sometimes, we need not a BRILLIANT MIND that SPEAKS, but a PATIENT HEART that LISTENS….

    Not KEEN EYES that sees FAULTS in others only, but OPEN ARMS that ACCEPTS…..

    Not a FINGER that POINTS OUT MISTAKES but GENTLE HANDS that LEADS….”

    Even in victory, let us be magnanimous!

    Cheers to all.

    ..and l still got “tips” as usual……. even on a very dry Sunday!
    Let me share the secret openly:
    *If my customers raise a “discussion”, l make intelligent contributions
    *If they want music, l ask them what their taste is like and l try to satisfy it (l have a collection!)
    *if l sense they are in a ‘mood’, l keep my mouth shut!
    *I keep my taxi very clean, nice inside and myself, l dress like l get paid “dressing allowance”!
    *I never bore them with my moaning or “how some hate immigrants’ (lol), even when they ask me about it directly, l let them understand that it is not the norm and most Irish people l have met are wonderful people. The bad ones are just a minority and such people occur in all nations.
    *I drive them with utmost care and respect …. and l bet, 90% of the time, l get a “Tip” and a complement. Some ask for my Call-card and do call me out, even at unholy hours!
    Give it a try.

  12. African Cabbie 3 years ago

    As for the three-wheeled Cyclist, l agree that they take away “work” from us, taxi drivers, especially those short distances that fill-the-gap!
    But so does Dublin Bus that works almost 24hours, the Luas and a host of other transport ‘options’ …..that we cant do anything about. Its all down to the economic climate.

    But on the other hand, l can only feel sympathy for them looking at how they expose themselves to the elements, just to earn a “miserly bob”! These are young Teenagers (most are probably students) trying to augment their allowances from back home.

  13. African Cabbie 3 years ago

    As for the U.K government policies on immigration, we need to put it into perspective by considering some “facts”.
    1.) U.K population is over 80million …… not a small country like Ireland
    2.) The immigrant population of the U.K is over 20million and U.K has been receiving immigrants for over 60years now! Immigrant in Ireland is a very recent phenomena that was encouraged by the “boom years” and the need for foreign workers
    3.) “Diversity” in the U.K is “GIVEN” and the immigrants are completely integrated. The hate speeches we read here will never go unpunished in the U.K…. not even within one week!
    4.) The unemployment rate of the U.K is nothing compared to here. The level of jobs still available in the U.K cannot be compared to here. You will always find a job in the U.K, if you really want one there.

    Thus, to assume that we would naturally adopt the same “strategy” as the U.K is naive. We dont enjoy the same “economic factors” that dictate Govt Policies!

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