IRELAND BY TAXI EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Ireland By Taxi an Irish owned and operated company offering fixed fares to and from Dublin Airport today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

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“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Change to E-Tax Clearance cets

From mid December Revenue will no longer be issuing paper Tax Clearance certificates each year, instead there will be a “live” cert online which will change to reflect your current status, this might prove a little scary coming up to licence renewal time

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Uber pirates coming to Ireland

It seems  Uber have a new guy running the show in Europe who is determined to back track on previous assertions that they would only use licensed vehicles and drivers in Ireland, mr Mc Gann has said they will soon launch a ride-share version of their App offering unlicensed cars and drivers.

its a very simplistic, dare I say childish way of doing business, similar to teenagers setting up an unlicensed radio station paying no royalties and then wondering why the legitimate operators have a problem with them selling cheap advertising slots.

Unfortunately taxi driving or operating a vehicle for hire and reward is a regulated business and Uber must operate within those regulations, anything other than that is unfair,

Given Mr McGanns recent comments, I’ve deleted their App from my phone and will be in touch shortly asking them to delete my account and any data they have about me.

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Uberpop – Should we be Concerned?

There’s been a lot of talk on the ranks about Uber’s recent meeting with the Department of Transport where they told the Minister about their various offerings including the controversial Uberpop facility which in some jurisdictions (not all) offers private vehicles driven by un-vetted drivers (apartfrom Uber vetting).

Inevitably the so called rep bodies and cab companies have jumped on this and are now claiming the Uber are about to get legislation changed to allow for the Uberpop service to be provided here, that’s a very big leap.

Even if the inactive Minister was to get himself motivated to help Uber out (it’d be the first time he’s done anything good bad or indifferent with regard to Taxis) it would be highly unlikely the government would pander to his request.

Do don’t lose any sleep about Uberpop.

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Feet on the Street, a Possible AirBnB add on?

My wife has used AirBnB on two occasions, once in Toulouse and another time in New York, in Toulouse she was visiting her Niece who was attending college there, she was able to vet the area and the premises before my wife booked, similarly I used a fellow Taxi blogger in the Big Apple to assess her shortlist there, we were also planning to use AirBnB in Zadar last summer but decided against due to our uncertainty regarding the various places on offer.

This got me thinking about whether the Taxi companies in AirBnB locations could offer an independent service giving an unbiased review for AirBnB’s would be customers based on the customers own needs?

I’d imagine a website offering a basic assessment based on local knowledge offered for free and a more in depth review of the actual premises at a cost.

Hopefully the next time I consider using AirBnB this facility will be out there.

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Workout Mode, Might be one for the Techies?

It is widely accepted that Taxi driving and many other jobs that involve driving are sedentary and that those involved are inclined towards being overweight and unfit, most of the technology in vehicles has developed to make it virtually effortless to drive and has taken whatever little activity there might have been away.

Is there a case for having a workout mode in vehicles?

Allow drivers for period of time to deactivate the power steering and use a bit of welly to turn corners.

Switch from hydraulics/Auto back to double clutching to change gears.

Doesn’t sound like it would be too difficult and might even prove popular in this gym mad society.

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Goodbye Web Summit

I’ll miss the business and the interesting conversations.

I won’t miss having to listen to Paddy Cosgrove …. the moaning whingebag.

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Volkswagen Want to Win back my Trust ….

I am one of the drivers affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, my 2013 Skoda Superb Greenline Diesel has an EA 189 engine spewing out 40 times the recommended amount of Nitrous Oxide.

It may sound horrible but I don’t really care how much Nitrous Oxide my car produces.

I am concerned however about how Volkswagen go about repairing the “fault”.

In order to reduce the amount of Nitrous Oxide I guess they will either have to remap the engine so as to reduce the power output or introduce filters to the exhaust system to trap/alter the gases or a combination of the two, either way I sense the cars performance will be affected drastically.

Whilst producing excess Nitrous Oxide doesn’t bother me much, a reduction in performance bothers me greatly, I don’t want to be suddenly struggling up a hill, struggling to pass large articulated vehicles or to have to watch as they pass me!

I want a new engine ….. although I don’t expect to get one.

With regard to regaining trust …. a few euro to compensate for any loss in value might help?

My Letter from VW:

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TravelFrog.com

I had the great pleasure of meeting Katie from TravelFrog today, she was in Dublin for the Web Summit hoping to do a bit of Networking with an eye to future investment in her great website.

TravelFrog invites visitors to browse travel itineraries left by contributors, helping them to plan what to do and see when they visit new places.

It also invites visitors to share their Itineraries in return

I know I’ll be using it a lot in the future and wish Katie the very best for the future.

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New Free Credit Card Payment Option for Taxi Drivers from Hailo

Hailopay the new instant payment offering from Hailo offers a no fee CC payment option for both passenger and driver that is simple and easy to use.
A feature sure to prove popular is that all details are entered on the passengers own phone, nobody likes handing their cards over to strangers!
I was able to scan my card into my Iphone and it read my name, the 16 digit card number and the expiry date speeding up the process considerably, it even allowed me to save the details into my phone for future transactions, I’m not sure if this feature is available on all phones?

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Death on the Ranks

Taxi drivers are an easy touch for car hijackers or would be thieves, we pull in and stop with a raise of the hand and we take you wherever you desire regardless of how remote it might seem, robbery, beatings or murder is the easy bit that follows.

So it was for Dundalk taxi driver Martin Mulligan recently, the latest in a string of incidents.

Taxi drivers effectively rely on human nature and hope that passengers will be civic minded, unfortunately not all are and often we are confronted with aggressive behaviour, thankfully most incidences do not result in extreme violence and are not reported.

The death of Martin Mulligan came one day after a consultation process about whether safety equipment designed to deter violent behaviour should be made compulsory in vehicles, I wonder if minds might have been focused if it had happenned a day before it finished.

The broad consenus I  believe has been that drivers should be free to choose whether they want to purchase the equipment or not with the main problem being the added expense.

However the only way a deterrent could be effective would be if the entire fleet took part, otherwise Taxis in general would continue to be considered an easy target

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UBER Creating Irish Jobs

The international transportation network company Uber is to establish a customer services hub in Limerick city, which it says will create 150 jobs by the end of the year and around 300 when it is fully operational.

Here in Ireland UBER only use licensed Taxis and Limousines driven by fully registered and insured drivers ….. and  they offer 10% off the metered fare  in Taxis at no cost to the driver, now they’re creating jobs in beleaguered Limerick, credit where it is due!

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Ireland by Taxi

The popular Ireland by taxi website, offering cheap low cost transfers to and from Dublin Airport from all areas of Dublin is now listed on Tripadvisor and gathering some rave reviews.

Hopefully more people will now find this low cost alternative during this busy holiday period.

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Why Don’t the NTA and the DCC Follow Best Examples Used Elsewhere?

The NTA and the DCC are quick to compare our city to our nearest and dearest neighbours, in London Taxis are part of the solution … in Dublin these idiots plan to ban our paying passengers of public service vehicles from the proposed public transport corridor, the NTA and DCC want to make our passengers pay more and take longer to get to their destination …. WHY?

Taxis are exempt from London Congestion charge … well done London ….listen up Dublin!!

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles are exempt from paying the Congestion Charge when actively licensed with London Taxi and Private Hire (TPH). The exemption for Private Hire Vehicles only applies when undertaking private hire bookings.

A vehicle will be removed from the register of exempt vehicles on the surrender, expiry or revocation of the license.

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The NTA and the DCC had a Brainfart – College Green Transport Corridor

The National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council have decided to close College Green to all but large public service vehicles, thereby excluding people who use Taxis from this crucial artery, this means that Taxi passengers will pay more and take longer getting to their destination.

People who use Taxis include:

  • Those who need to be left directly to their destination:
  • The Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Mothers with babies
  • Business executives attending meetings
  • Tourists hauling large amounts of luggage
  • Shoppers AFTER they’ve made their purchases
  • Those who work and play during the 6 hours every day that the precious large public service vehicles do not operate.
  • Workers who are running late or need to get home quickly due to an emergency

In short: those in a hurry, those carrying bulky items, those who need quiet/room to work and those with no other option.

I tried to register my objections using the so called consultation form online, never have I seen such a biased questionnaire designed to elicit a positive response for their ludicrous proposal, nobody is asked whether or not Taxis should be allowed to use the corridor nor are Taxis mentioned in the list of methods people use to get into the city, (everyone must walk or cycle between midnight and 5am?)

If you are a regular Taxi user and object to the prospect of having to pay more to get across the city please help us to get a fair hearing on this issue.

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