Friday, 15 February 2008

The Gardai and the Taxi

For those that aren't aware the Gardai are the Irish police force.
I wish there was a little more consistency in the policing of the unofficial ranks such as those outside night clubs and those who ply for hire at non-appointed stands such as the bottom of Grafton Street and the odd busy pub.
Either it should be a free for all, which seems to be the case most of the time, with Garda cars and patrols paying no attention whatsoever, or a complete clampdown with tickets being issued on the spot.
That way we'd know where we stand, sometimes it feels like we're providing a service clearing the streets outside Copper Face Jacks, the next night we're being moved along as though we're criminals.(which was the case last night)
Just make up your mind one way or the other, then both the customer and the Taxi driver will know the deal.
It's not fair on the Taxi driver who wants to operate legally if the law enforcers allow others to ply for hire right where the work is, we've all got to make a living so it's either a case of joining in or going under.
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