“Seventy per cent of my drivers would be over 60, it is the older population that seem to be taxi drivers. There is no new blood coming in.”
“There is absolutely no doubt if things keep going the way they are going, in another five or 10 years there’s not going to be any taxi drivers,” he said.
Eamonn O’Donnell, Manager of North West Taxi Proprietors said, “We need a process at the minute that gets people into the taxi industry much quicker – the new system takes about six months to get a single person through.”
“They’ve really made it much too difficult... the old system which worked for 30 years took about six to 10 weeks.”
“Now, what we’re asking for is for the Minister to have a tactical suspension of the new system as part of a post-Covid recovery package for the taxi industry.”
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