By Rachel D’Arcy
A taxi protest is set to take place from Mountjoy Square to Dáil Eireann today in a dispute over car insurance.
The strike will make its way from Mountjoy Square South toward the Dáil at 11am this morning. It is expected traffic in the city will be disrupted as they make their way through Memorial Bridge, City Quay and Westland Row.
A source has revealed to The City that there has been a huge increase in car insurance for taxi drivers, with premiums almost rising to two times their original average.
A premium that once cost taxi drivers €1,600 will now set back taxi drivers across the city, and indeed the country, up to €3,000. Today’s protest is intended to pressure Minister for Transport, Shane Ross T.D, into rectifying the issue.
In an interview on Kildare station, KFM, one driver said that many driving taxis now “wouldn’t want to go to bed at all for trying to make the money for it”.
The City has contacted TTnH (Tiomanai Tacsai na hEireann) and Minister for Transport Shane Ross for further comment, and will update this story as we get it.