Taxis have had a tough time and need our support
WHATEVER your opinion on the new taxi ranks in town – and indeed on taxis in general – we should all have a degree of sympathy for the local drivers who are seriously concerned for the future of their livelihoods.
There are now about 100 taxi drivers working in Tralee and the Tralee Taxi Association say that as a result of the new rank system as many as one in five could be out of business in a year.
Some may accuse them of scaremongering but their prediction was given added weight on Monday when the association’s former Chairman Terry Boyle announced he was quitting the business after 26 years behind the wheel.
This is not an outright attack on the council’s decision – The Kerryman is strongly in favour of all improvement works in Tralee and the new look Mall is a tremendous addition to the town – however there are some issues that need to be addressed.
On several occasions before, often in this very column, I have expressed grave reservations about the new rank at Abbycourt which I, and many others, firmly believe isn’t fit for purpose.
We’ll have to wait and see how the new rank system works out – there will be a full review by next September – but until then we should support the many taxi drivers who have endured a difficult few months.
They work long, unsociable hours and provide a vital service that keeps the town functioning. That shouldn’t be forgotten.
Ask yourself this. If you heard 20 jobs were at risk in a local shop or factory wouldn’t you feel sorry for the staff ? Why should our taxi drivers be treated any different?