Fianna Fáil Councillors on Dublin City Council will today back proposals to add 31 new taxi ranks throughout the city. The proposals will be considered by the Council today (Monday 11 May 2015).
The Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, said the provision of new r?anks was one of the key issues raised by taxi drivers in last year’s local elections.
Cllr McAuliffe explained, “Taxi drivers are being moved on by Gardaí policing overflowing ranks. The existing rank locations are insufficient and awkward for both drivers and passengers. These new proposals will go some way to accommodating the number of taxis in the city and addressing the city centre traffic caused by the LUAS cross city works.
“During the consultation process held in advance of the bye-laws being finalised, 43 submissions were considered with a significant number calling for additional ranks or the relocation of existing ranks. It is clear that there is a strong demand for more ranks in the city to cater for the level of demand from Dubliners and tourists, to ease the pressure on existing ranks, and to make it easier for passengers to get a taxi from anywhere in the city centre,” the Fianna Fáil Councillor said.
The report proposes new permanent ranks on Baggot Street Lower, Barrow Street, Burgh Quay, Cavendish Row, Eccles Street, Hanover Quay, Marlborough Place and Silloge Road.
It also proposes new evening and night time ranks on Baggot Street Lower, Bridge Street Lower (2 ranks), Capel Street, South Great George’s Street, Leeson Street Lower (2 ranks), Mount Street Lower, Ormond Quay Lower, Parliament Street (2 ranks), Phibsborough Road (2 ranks), Sackville Place, St. John’s Road West, St. Stephen’s Green South (4 ranks), Thomas Street and Wellington Quay (2 ranks).