Taxi Driver Online

UK cab trade debate and advice
It is currently Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:38 pm

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am
Posts: 8660
Same old, same old :?


Third of taxi drivers have quit in two years

https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/09/ ... two-years/

AN ESTIMATED 50 taxi drivers out of around 150 have left the industry in the last two years, putting those still driving under tremendous strain, Guernsey Taxi Owners’ Federation president Leon Gallienne has said.

This exodus means islanders are often unable to get a taxi, unless booked in advance.

The States committee which regulates the industry, Environment & Infrastructure, is looking at ways it can help.

This has been welcomed by Mr Gallienne.

E&I president Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez said: ‘We’re really aware of the significant impact that the pandemic has had on the taxi and private hire industry and the knock-on effects that is having on their customers.

‘We have started the process to carry out an independent review of the industry, and how it’s regulated, with the ultimate aim of making the system work better for customers and service providers alike,' she said.

‘Affordability, availability, reliability, quality, accessibility, environmental impact and driver and customer safety are all within the scope of the review.

‘It will lead to recommendations on how the industry can be most appropriately regulated in a way that supports market development in this important public transport sector,' she said.

Mr Gallienne said in March 2020 that there were about 150 full-time taxi drivers, including plate owners and employees, with part-timers taking that number higher.

He has witnessed a considerable decrease in the number of drivers.

‘Unfortunately a few of our drivers passed away during the Covid-era’, he said.

‘Others who were due to retire decided that now was a good a time as any to take retirement, so we have lost a few drivers to that as well.’

He added that he has been having difficulty recruiting new drivers.

‘In the summer before Covid, we knew that we needed to recruit about 50 taxi drivers to keep up with demand. These did not materialise and, since then, we have lost around another 50.’

‘Covid has enhanced this issue, as well as Brexit. Workers are scarce and the taxi industry is not immune to this.’

Since Guernsey borders reopened on 1 July, the pressure on the industry has grown.

Mr Gallienne reported that a surge in weddings has also generated considerable business on Friday and Saturday nights which puts the taxi ranks under further strain.

‘There is a shortage of taxi drivers rather than a shortage of taxis’, said Simon Rebstein, director of Island Taxis Ltd.

‘This had been an issue pre-Covid and has not improved since.’

‘I am finding it very difficult to recruit new drivers.’

Mr Rebstein added that the federation’s committee is in dialogue with E&I to try to rectify the problem.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am
Posts: 8660
Quote:
‘There is a shortage of taxi drivers rather than a shortage of taxis’, said Simon Rebstein, director of Island Taxis Ltd.

Who'd have expected that? :-s


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:08 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:47 pm
Posts: 16255
Location: Stamford Britains prettiest town till SKDC ruined it
surely if they have only half left that means they are still working some shifts :-"

_________________
Taxis Are Public Transport too

Join the campaign to get April fools jokes banned for 364 days a year !


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 6:33 am
Posts: 8660
What are you on about? :roll:

I see no error :wink:

Maybe after typing 'third' I was thinking fractions and typed 'have' as 'half' :oops:

Sorted now, though [-(


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:10 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:47 pm
Posts: 16255
Location: Stamford Britains prettiest town till SKDC ruined it
got to keep you on your toes young Stuart :lol:

_________________
Taxis Are Public Transport too

Join the campaign to get April fools jokes banned for 364 days a year !


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:07 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:30 pm
Posts: 48773
Location: 1066 Country
Quote:
This exodus means islanders are often unable to get a taxi, unless booked in advance.

Booking in advance, what a novel idea? :roll:

_________________
IDFIMH


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:11 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 7:30 pm
Posts: 48773
Location: 1066 Country
Quote:
‘Affordability, availability, reliability, quality, accessibility, environmental impact and driver and customer safety are all within the scope of the review.

Someone has swallowed a dictionary.

The population of Guernsey generally has a bob or two and doesn't need to drive a taxi full or part-time.

Even if they import loads of workers from elsewhere, those workers will need places to live, and that isn't cheap.

_________________
IDFIMH


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 59 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group