More Double Jobbers!

More Double Jobbers!

Instead of looking to have double jobbers banned from taxi driving the gobshites in the rep bodies should really be encouraging taxi drivers to take up second jobs, that is if they truly want to reduce the fleet size (which I now doubt)
Taxi drivers who do leave tend to do so because they get a second job. (That’s not rocket science), some start with part time hours and most will understandably want to keep their plate until they feel secure.
So why discourage drivers from leaving?
Fair evough, try to stop new drivers entering the fleet …. All of them, not just those who already have jobs (think about it, they’re the least likely to enter the business!


  1. Ben 2 years ago

    Govt paid you to renew your taxi plate ? Rat are you having a few cans today at home.

  2. Red dennis 2 years ago

    Lads it’s in the governments interests to have as many taxis operating as possible . To them it doesn’t matter who is full time or part time or who is legal or illegal . Every taxi out working is a ” cashcow” to them. We pay vat on fuel and on car parts that we can’t claim back. We keep the workers in the NTA in their cosy jobs by the fees we pay. We keep petrol stations/ car washes/ bookies/ coffee shops etc etc going. It doesn’t matter what parties form a government WE DONT MATTER….. And as paddy said …. It’s every dog for himself.

  3. Rat Catcher 2 years ago

    You’re correct there RD. It is advantageous to Govt (and all of us as Citizens) to have as many people as possible contributing to economic growth through circulation of money, regardless of what trade, profession or vocation they choose. Hence Govt is happy enough to make welfare payments to up to 50% of full-time taxi drivers.

    No, I don’t drink in the day time Ben. My licence renewal fee plus PSV road tax was less than I would otherwise have had to pay in motor tax.

  4. Wariq 2 years ago

    Some amount of tripe on here, i think the spam is more interesting.

  5. Rat Catcher 2 years ago

    What’d ya expect… ever been on a rank?

  6. Red dennis 2 years ago

    I think wariq wants to know our opinion on the Russia/ Ukraine situation but doesn’t know that on here we deal with life’s real issues like how many winners will willie Mullins have next week at Cheltenham .

  7. chester 2 years ago

    Looking for a little advice here, I want to change my car and am looking at the Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 diesel great price for a brand new car 12 / 16 grand with affordable monthly repayments very tempting but does anyone know anything about the Dacia range ? I have looked at similar cars that where 6/7 years older for the same price.

  8. Misanthrope 2 years ago

    Lot of repressed and latent anger here guys. The taxi game is awash with moaners and fools. To complain about not being able to get by is akin to a fat guy sitting on a couch, chewing a dime bar, while bitching with his wife over his obesity problem. Get off your ass and start exercising or in taxi-man terminology, get out of the game if you can’t eke out a wage!

  9. Rat Catcher 2 years ago

    I reckon your first mistake is to ask taximen anything about cars Chester. The ones that buy shite are generally in denial and will tell ya it’s the best thing since sliced bread ’till ya buy one and your troubles begin. Then they’ll dismiss the vast array of problems they’ve had with phrases like aah sure that goes on them alright and sure ya’d expect the wheels to fall off once in a while, etc, etc. However, given that is your approach, the few Logan’s (actually 1.5 diesel) that we know of in the fleet to date are 28945, 29057 and 35342, all owner driven. It’s the smaller of the Dacias that qualify for use as taxis so I guess it’s like choosing a Focus over a Mondeo. They do seem like exceptionally good value and one would expect the 1.5 unit to deliver good fuel economy. I guess it’s essentially a Renault so the question might be would you buy a reno at that price, I suspect most taximen would respond “not with your money”. Personally, I’d like to see a few more of them in the fleet before buying one but, with the 9year rule, ya’d have to be tempted I guess. Ifn ya take the plunge ya might do us the favour of keeping us informed of any trouble it gives you.

    You’re right MT. The lads on this site, in particular, are eternal pessimists but it is very difficult to adjust to the collapse in income the trade suffered. Up to 2008 men could readily finance middle class lifestyles from our working class trade. I know you will say everyone was in the same boat, the economy collapsed, get over it, etc but that’s easier said than done, particularly for men that borrowed heavily during the boom years. I was lucky myself in that I fell into some other work and was able to take 18 months away from the cab, coming back with totally different expectations/requirements and, for the time being at least, I’m completely relaxed and enjoying driving my cab again now.

    The other point I’d make is that it’s not as easy to get away from as you might think. If you let your licence lapse you must renew it within one year of it lapsing so if you want to keep your options open you essentially have to maintain a working taxi. Once you are doing that you are going to have some income requirement from it, whether you opt to rent it out or drive it part-time or whatever. On a related note, if you have a taxi plate you also save a few quid on motor tax by keeping it active so it makes sense, even from that perspective, to maintain your taxi if you have any requirement/desire to drive a motor car. In my case I could manage without a car (Mrs C has one anyway) but my taxi has been very good to me and mine over the years and, for that reason alone, I’d be reluctant to let it go.

  10. C5 2 years ago

    Chester, dacia are owned by Renault it is a Romanian car company they use Renaults last generation running gear and technology so there’s no R and D costs that’s why the price is cheaper,Renault have a five year unlimited mileage warranty on all vans and car,not sure if they continue it to the dacia gear put one through it paces it survived,James may from the the same program swears by them,there cheap and cheerful and do the job,i would go for it if i were you,good look

  11. Rat Catcher 2 years ago

    You can buy the 5 year warranty as an extra for the Dacia but I’m not sure about the T&Cs. In particular, for the standard manufacturers warranty they’re not allowed to require that the car be serviced by a main dealer. I don’t know if they can or not in respect of an extended warranty.

  12. Wariq 2 years ago

    Buy a Dacia, my uncles build good cars, Yamas!

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