Workout Mode, Might be one for the Techies?

November 6th, 2015

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.

Goodbye Web Summit

November 5th, 2015

I’ll miss the business and the interesting conversations.

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

Volkswagen Want to Win back my Trust ….

November 3rd, 2015

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

November 2nd, 2015

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.

New Free Credit Card Payment Option for Taxi Drivers from Hailo

November 1st, 2015

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?

Image showing input screen with the scan option:

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Death on the Ranks

October 7th, 2015

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

UBER Creating Irish Jobs

July 29th, 2015

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!

Ireland by Taxi

June 29th, 2015

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.

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

June 17th, 2015

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.

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

June 12th, 2015

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.

Check out the Maths!

May 17th, 2015

Taxi drivers get a positive mention at a recent IDA investor pitch!

May 15th, 2015

Jeff Laue , CEO and co-founder of N3 LLC, a consultancy company that handles outsourced sales and business development said at an IDA conference pitching Ireland to potential investors said recently:
After setting up shop here, he can vouch for the “talent” portion of their pitch. Not only does the country have its own young, skilled and tech-savvy workforce, but Dublin is a magnet for speakers of other vital languages.
Another speaker actually mentioned Taxi drivers …. hopefully she never encounters some of the commenters that appear here!:
Neomed Inc., which makes feeding tubes for feeding premature babies, was similarly impressed with Ireland’s people, even outside business contexts. The company has one representative in Galway, a hotbed for medical-device manufacturing and research.
“Literally, there are taxi drivers there that can speak to you about medical devices,” said Hillary Sherman, NeoMed’s vice president of finance, who said the company is hoping to build out R&D there and set up an office to support international sales.
IDA representatives joked that they might have to make “taxi drivers” the fifth ”T” in their pitch.

“Ireland By Taxi” now mobile friendly

May 9th, 2015

In order to get in line with Googles new guidelines on listing websites on their search engine based on the mobile friendliness of the site www.irelandbytaxi.com has updated it’s homepage to recognise if it’s being viewed via a mobile device and should adapt accordingly, we’ve checked Googles mobile Friendly test and it seems to pass, so I guess its wait and see time before it appears as such on searches, hopefully the business continues to grow as exponentially as it has been doing, goes to prove offer a good service and they will come!

www.irelandbytaxi.com as viewed on a mobile device

We’d be very obliged if some of the regular visitors checked the site on their mobile device and left comments below on the experience, good and bad.

Meanwhile i’ll be working on getting this site up to standard, although I’m really not all that bothered about google rankings for this place anymore

Fleet face even further restrictions at Dublin airport

May 8th, 2015

Dublin airport Authority has let it be known that from next June the Airport police will be dishing out €100 fines to any Taxis breaching their bye laws.
This includes Taxis stopping anywhere in and around the terminal building to pick up pre booked passengers.
The new rule will affect any passengers wishing to use a company account, their favourite cab company or their usual friendly taxi driver.
The short term car parks are the only option remaining , both of which charge €3 for the first hour or part thereof and €4.50 per hour or part thereof after that, these charges will have to be passed on to passengers, all very well if there were spaces available but I’ve often spent twenty minutes driving around them looking for a space, when accompanied by thirty or forty more taxis all in the same boat it will become complete mayhem.
I’m sure it will come to a head once the fun begins.

Examples of some real complaints against Irish Taxi drivers… and their outcomes

April 16th, 2015

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Visit the FORUM THREAD to view more examples

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