As­so­ci­a­tion Chair quit­ting taxi trade af­ter rank vote

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - TRALEE FOCUS -

IN a shock an­nounce­ment the Chair­man of Tralee Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion, Terry Boyle, has an­nounced he is quit­ting the taxi trade with im­me­di­ate ef­fect be­cause of Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District coun­cil’s rul­ing on the lo­ca­tion of new taxi ranks in the town cen­tre.

Mr Boyle – who has been a taxi driver for 26 years and owned and ran well known lo­cal taxi firm Wind­mill Cabs since 1997 – made the an­nounce­ment via so­cial me­dia on Mon­day.

“Af­ter over 26 years driv­ing Taxis in the Tralee area I will be bow­ing out of the busi­ness in the com­ing weeks. High run­ning costs and in par­tic­u­lar high in­sur­ance cou­pled with a dif­fi­cult Taxi Rank sit­u­a­tion in Tralee at present are among the rea­sons for this de­ci­sion,” said Mr Boyle.

Mr Boyle is to take up a new job with Acorn Life next week and Wind­mill Cabs will con­tinue to op­er­ate as nor­mal.

“I would like to thank the many cus­tomers and driv­ers that have sup­ported me more over the years. It is hugely ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

“While there were sev­eral dif­fi­cult chal­lenges along the way in those years the en­cour­age­ment and sup­port of you all made that jour­ney a lot easier and en­joy­able. I made life-long friend­ships with many peo­ple in those years and this is what makes this de­ci­sion so dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“I again thank for your sup­port over the last 26 years and hope that you will sup­port me on my new jour­ney. Wind­mill Cabs will con­tinue to op­er­ate with Mau­rice James Al­bert and Mike con­tin­u­ing at the helm,” Mr Boyle said.

As Chair­man of Tralee Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion Mr Boyle led lo­cal driv­ers’ six month cam­paign against Tralee’s new rank sys­tem.

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