NORTHERN IRELAND – In Coleraine, County Londonderry, Royal Cabs owner William McDonald said his firm had lost a third of its drivers over the last 14 months.
“We have nine people working for us at the moment. The other men found other work and have left the company,” he said.
“The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
“Now places are starting to open we certainly need more drivers and more cars on the road. The night work is picking up a little but the drivers aren’t there.” “The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
I have been involved in the Taxi Industry for more than 35 years. I joined the NSW Taxi Industry while I was studying and wanted to earn extra income. I started as a Taxi driver and continued working in the industry in various roles like – fleet assistant, call centre operator, supervisor, customer service, and eventually General Manager and CEO. During this time, I have never asked anyone to do my job or take advantage of any position I’ve given.
1. Who is someone you admire and why? I have always admired our past and present Diggers; Anzac Day is the most special day of the year for me. I have had the privilege of assisting the Taxi Industry with the Anzac Day March for the past 18 years. I also admire Nick Abrahim (Deputy CEO, NSW Taxi Council) for his dedication and offering his time for this special day.
The Victorian Government expanded the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) to include overseas entity Uber, after a so-called successful trial by Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Uber in Geelong. In this trial, taken place between 5th of March to 31st of May 2020, CPVV and Uber facilitated 174 rides and received a 5.0 satisfaction rating from passengers.
What we didn’t know until after the announcement of the trial’s ‘success’, is that the amount of local MPTP members (passengers) who participated in the trial was next to none. CPVV failed to mention that out of 500 members who were invited to participate – with 100 positions ready to be filled – only 4 agreed to take part in it. CPVV concluded that Uber would be fit to undertake MPTP work – but on what grounds? On the grounds of 4 participants?
You can now check the details of current taxi service licences and limousine licences using the personalised transport public register. The register also provides details of booked hire service licences and booking entity authorisations for the personalised transport industry in Queensland.
About the register The register provides information about current licences and about the vehicle stated in the licence. Suspended, cancelled, surrendered, or expired licences will not be displayed.