Shoud Taxi Drivers Be Tested for English / Local Knowledge - Taxi Regulator Public Consultation.

YesSireeeBob

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The regulator is reviewing how it licensees drivers and is having a public consultation with 17 questions.
They say since they introduced a knowledge in 2009, based on county boundaries, the number of licensed drivers has fallen by 42%.
20% of drivers are in their 60s, 6% are over 70 and just 1% under 30.

I think some of these are good questions - I agree with the customer service module, English language test, the local knowledge test should be expanded.

No need for a dress code, electronic navigation equipment test.



Taxi Regulator Public Consultation.

Questionnaire
1. Should there be a specific test for applicants to drive SPSVs, or should a standard driving
licence, confirmation of tax clearance and Garda vetting be sufficient?

2. If there should be a specific test to become an SPSV driver, should there be
a. one type of driver licence covering the driving of all SPSVs (taxis, limousines and
hackneys); or
b. should there be one licence for the driving of taxis and a different licence for the
driving of hackneys and limousines? (Note: hackneys and limousines can only operate on
a pre-booked basis – they are not permitted to wait at taxi ranks or stop on the street to pick
up passengers without a pre-booking.)

3. Do you think that a test on the industry’s regulation and good practice is required as part of
an application to drive taxis, hackneys or limousines?

4. Do you think that geographic knowledge of a particular area or zone needs to be tested as
part of an application to drive taxis, hackneys or limousines?

5. If testing of the geographic knowledge of an area of operation is necessary, should that area
be based on county boundaries, as it is currently, or should there be a sub-division of
counties into smaller zones of authorisation?

6. Should there be an electronic navigation equipment test as part of the entry test?

7. Should there be a practical driving test as part of the entry test?

proficiency

8. Should there be a practical programme that candidates must successfully complete in
relation to providing a public transport service for passengers using wheelchairs; other
passengers who require assistance; young, old or vulnerable passengers?

9. Should there be a module on professional customer service as part of an entry test?

10. Should there be a practical language test as part of the entry test to test a candidate’s
communication ability in English?

11. Should a medical examination be a part of the entry requirements?

12. Should there be a required training programme that candidates must successfully complete
prior to becoming authorised to drive small public service vehicles?

13. Should a programme of on-going learning or continuous professional development be a
condition of renewing a licence?

14. Should an SPSV driver licence be renewed every one, three or five years?

15. Should there be a requirement on all new entrants to the industry to affiliate with a dispatch
operator for a set period on entry?

16. Do you think there should be a dress code for the drivers of taxis, hackneys and limousines?

17. Do you have any other proposals that you would like considered?
 


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Yes
 

Ramon Mercadar

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The regulator is reviewing how it licensees drivers and is having a public consultation with 17 questions.
They say since they introduced a knowledge in 2009, based on county boundaries, the number of licensed drivers has fallen by 42%.
20% of drivers are in their 60s, 6% are over 70 and just 1% under 30.

I think some of these are good questions - I agree with the customer service module, English language test, the local knowledge test should be expanded.

No need for a dress code, electronic navigation equipment test.



Taxi Regulator Public Consultation.

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Too many culchie taxi drivers in Dublin with incomprehensible accents and who can't tell Ballybough from Ballyfermot.
 

NAPBAR

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Test the passengers not the drivers. Passengers are allowed to be drunk and abusive, the drivers have to be perfect.

Give the poor lads a break. They provide a public service. How about the public being Garda vetted and made do tests once a year? More taxi drivers are attacked every year than passengers.

Why dont Govt just Fu..ck OFF.
 

Feckkit

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The regulator is reviewing how it licensees drivers and is having a public consultation with 17 questions.
They say since they introduced a knowledge in 2009, based on county boundaries, the number of licensed drivers has fallen by 42%.
20% of drivers are in their 60s, 6% are over 70 and just 1% under 30.

I think some of these are good questions - I agree with the customer service module, English language test, the local knowledge test should be expanded.

No need for a dress code, electronic navigation equipment test.



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They'll be making a fecking 3rd level degree course out of it yet.
 

freewillie

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Too many culchie taxi drivers in Dublin with incomprehensible accents and who can't tell Ballybough from Ballyfermot.
If you want directions in Dublin the last one you should ask is the Dub. Unless you are looking for the nearest pub, chipper, bookies or dole office. Know what I mean bud
 

Ramon Mercadar

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If you want directions in Dublin the last one you should ask is the Dub. Unless you are looking for the nearest pub, chipper, bookies or dole office. Know what I mean bud
Taxi drivers from Limerick are shooting and stabbing customers.
 

Boy M5

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Yes.
Also clamp down on fellas driving with no permits

I was caught out rainy night, needed to get 2 people back, jumped in cab. Driver didn't know Dublin & couldn't speak English then spotted he had the licence lying flat.
 

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The regulator is reviewing how it licensees drivers and is having a public consultation with 17 questions.
They say since they introduced a knowledge in 2009, based on county boundaries, the number of licensed drivers has fallen by 42%.
20% of drivers are in their 60s, 6% are over 70 and just 1% under 30.

I think some of these are good questions - I agree with the customer service module, English language test, the local knowledge test should be expanded.

No need for a dress code, electronic navigation equipment test.



Taxi Regulator Public Consultation.

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If they want to use a roof sign saying Tacsaí, they should be tested in Irish...
 

Franzoni

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We have the taxi service we deserve the same way we have the politicians we deserve...
 

freewillie

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Like all jobs there are good and bad. It should be a basic requirement that a driver can speak English, have a decent cab, neatly dressed and be fully entitled to ************************ gob************************es out of the cab if they are acting the bollix.
 

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Like all jobs there are good and bad. It should be a basic requirement that a driver can speak English, have a decent cab, neatly dressed and be fully entitled to ************************ gob************************es out of the cab if they are acting the bollix.
And have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the areas they're working in.
 

Franzoni

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And have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the areas they're working in.
No one cares about that apart from the sucker who has to pay the fare....

If they thought a public consultation was going to change anything apart from the direction the vested interests want it to go in they wouldn't allow it....

Never ask a question you don't already know the answer to....:)........true in bizniz and true in politics...
 

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'orebel

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No one cares about that apart from the sucker who has to pay the fare....

If they thought a public consultation was going to change anything apart from the direction the vested interests want it to go in they wouldn't allow it....

Never ask a question you don't already know the answer to....:)........true in bizniz and true in politics...
The guy who gets a taxi on Oliver Plunkett St to go to Glasheen (2 miles)and gets taken there via the South Link while the driver jabbers away to his buddy in some Nigerian dialect for the entire trip and requests €25 on arrival cares.
 


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