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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault on a taxi driver at Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2.

The assault occurred on December 18, and the driver was seriously injured. 

The man began arguing with the driver and struck the door of the cab. The driver tried to get out of the car but as he did the man slammed the door and it struck the driver in the face, causing serious injuries to the drivers eye, according to Gardaí.

The incident occured at 2.30am a taxi driver picked up a fare at the rank on Stephens Green North.The passenger asked to be taken to Stillorgan. 

Gardaí investigations found that the man walked along Ely Place and back to Stephens Green East towards Earlsfort Terrace, Stephens Green South and Leeson Street.

The suspected offender is described as 25 to 30 years, 5'7'' to 5'8'', with short hair with a casual jacket and shirt.

The man had a Dublin accent.

Gardaí would like anyone who was in the Baggot Street area on the December 18 at about 2.30am to contact them.

Any cars that may have passed through the area and may have dash-cam footage are also asked to contact Gardaí .


Getting a taxi home, takeaway in hand, is ingrained in the ritual of a big night out for city slickers and country folk alike. 

The buses have ended, there's no designated driver, and you're definitely not walking distance from your digs, so a taxi is often a necessary endeavour for students and professionals alike. 

However, what happens if you have lost your purse, have no cash on you, or, worst of all, your phone has died?

This is where the innovative new transport safety app Flag is set to step in. 

Flag, the brainchild of Galway-based entrepreneur Richie Cummins, is an app which lets users travel and pay with no phone, bank card or cash, and it's about to launch in Dublin after a successful trial run in Galway. 

The app aims to 'Give Dublin the gift of safety this Christmas,' a wish that is backed up by a host of Irish celebrities in their new campaign. 


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The likes of Marty Morrissey, Joe Duffy and Irish rugby star Ultan Dillane have already but their faith in the innovative app. 

But how does it work?, we hear you cry. 

Essentially, download Flag -The Taxi App from the app store, and sign up. Then, add a picture and emergency four digit pin number. You can then use the app to hail taxis as usual. 

However, if you ever find yourself in a situation without funds, you can pay via the app at a later time, or if your phone is dead, you can flag down a taxi and use your name and emergency pin number to pay for the taxi, as the driver will be able to connect the journey to your account using the pin code. Pretty nifty, we think. 

'Throughout college I often was left without the means to pay for a taxi, i noticed many my peers had the same problem and it turned out to be quite an issue for most people at some stage,' Richie told SHEmazing

'So I started working on a way to fix it and set up project DASH (Drive All Students Home).'

'This was such a success we evolved, built a large team and developed Flag, the only taxi app of its kind worldwide.'

The team at Flag have been busy signing up drivers in Dublin over the past few weeks, and they are giving away completely free taxi fares to people who support the campaign.

Everyone that tells their next taxi driver to download the app will get a free taxi fare (not too shabby). 

The Rape Crisis Centre and An Garda Siochana also supported the project from the early days through their Campus Watch Programme.

‘The taxis that have integrated have really shown they care about passengers, and hopefully all taxis will soon be branded with the safety it brings’ said Sergeant Pat Flanagan, Officer for Crime Prevention. 



If you've been out for a few late ones in Dublin city over the past few months, you'll notice that it's becoming increasingly difficult to hail a taxi home.

And it looks like the problem is only going to get worse with one Dublin City Councillor warning that the capital could face a taxi shortage due to the rising costs of insurance premiums.

According to The Irish Examiner, Fianna Fáil's Pal McAuliffe said taxi drivers are being forced to leave the industry because they simply can not afford to keep their cabs on the road, or in some cases, because insurance companies won't even quote them.

He went on to say how he has already received a huge amount of complaints from Dublin residents who had been inconvenience by the lack of available taxis.

"Well we've seen increasingly over the past three years the cost of car insurance increase, but those in the taxi industry have been particularly impacted," he said.

"The real issue now is that we're being increasingly getting taxi drivers who are coming to us saying that they can't enter the market because insurance companies will not insure them.

"This week alone, I've had two people contacting me saying that they just cannot get a quote."


Getting a taxi home is part and parcel of a night out. 

The buses are long over and the concept of a designated driver doesn't always work out, so hopping into any of the hundreds of available cabs streaming down Dublin's busy streets (or the streets of any county, country, or continent) is a transport option that most people don't think twice about. 

In the aftermath of a recent viral Facebook post, in which a woman detailed her horrifying experiences with a taxi driver, I thought it might be time to share a story of my own that left me shaken, angry, and ultimately made me realise how vulnerable the actions of others can make you feel.

The Facebook post, uploaded by Emma Shiels, recounts how her seemingly fine taxi driver insisted on taking the back roads through an industrial estate to her house, even after she told him he was going the wrong way. 

'I screamed at him ‘Leave me here I’m getting out' and I threw money at him and ran. it was only when I ran out of the car I noticed he had no I.D or pictures or license number on his dash,' she detailed, after he proceeded to drive down a road Emma knew led only to industrial wasteland. 

Emma clearly made the right choice by exiting the terrifying scenario, and chose to share her experiences to warn other women of the dangers of unlicensed taxis. 

My story is slightly similar to Emma's, and like her case, the Gardaí are currently investigating what happened to me on Easter Saturday night of this year. 

It was pretty late in the night, and I had just left a party in Temple Bar, knowing I needed to catch an early train home to Galway the next day to be with my family for Easter. 

I grabbed a Supermacs (typical Galway girl, I know) and threw my arm out to hail down the next taxi. The one passing me didn't have his taxi light on, but wasn't carrying any passengers and pulled over to let me in. 

I hopped in, promising not to eat my curry cheese chips until we'd gotten to mine, and gave him my address. He never turned to look at me, which I thought was odd, but I thought hey, maybe he's just not a friendly guy. 

Things started going wrong pretty quickly. The driver kept turning the music up and down really loudly and he was driving erratically, speeding up the car and then slowing it down. I was weirded out, but probably not as much as I should have been. 

When he took the first wrong turn, I was concerned, but assumed he must be taking a short cut. I've lived in Dublin for a few years now, but don't know all the shortcuts.

It was then that things got truly scary. He proceeded to turn down a dimly lit, narrow residential street, and slowed the car down to a crawl. 

I was freaked at this point, and moved to gather up my possessions and kept my eyes firmly on what I could see of him in the dull shadowy glow of a far off street light. 

He moved his right arm down to the side panel of the door, you know the pocket where it's normal to keep a packet of buttons or your driving glasses, and pulled out a cord.

I had my hand on the door handle at this stage, contemplating jumping out of the slow moving car and running to where I knew the nearest Garda stations was. As he wrapped the cord around one hand, and then around the other, pulling a section tight in the middle, I started panicking, all my muscles tensed and ready to whack him with the iPhone I had clutched in my trembling fist. 

He began to turn towards me with both arms, in a move I perceived to be him making an attack to loop the cord around my neck, and at that moment, the door handle in my sweaty left hand slipped through my fingers and made a soft thud against the door. 

He promptly dropped the cord and put his foot down on the accelerator, swinging out of the residential street and onto one I recognised. I clearly wasn't as drunk or unaware as he may have thought I was originally. 

I had no idea what to do. I was scared to tell him to let me out or to scream or shout, in case he then realised that I had seen what he was going to do to me, and decided that he had to go through with it to shut me up. 

We got as close to my address as I could stand to go, I threw the money at him and scrambled out of the car. My legs were shaking so much I didn't know if I would make it down the road and to my door. 

I had taken down his name and driver number and texted them to my friend after he had dropped the cord, in case he tried anything else and I needed someone to know who had done whatever it was he was possibly planning on doing to me. 

The first thing I did when I got home was Google 'taxi driver strangling Dublin unsolved' on my laptop with trembling hands. Nothing came up. 

The next day I left my house to catch my train, and walked past a flurry of seagulls eating the discarded remnants of my Supermacs that had fallen out of the car when I jumped out. 

I told my mum what happened as soon as I saw her, and we decided that I had to call the Guards.

He hadn't touched me or physically harmed me in any way, but I still worried about reporting the incident. 

What if they didn't believe me? Or asked me how much I had to drink? But I knew what I had seen and knew I had to tell them what had happened, just in case it happened to someone else. 

Thankfully, the Garda who took my statement and gently talked me through what had happened never asked me anything that made me feel like I wasn't to be believed. 

The incident is currently under investigation, and while again, nothing actually happened to me physically, I was reassured by the guards fortification that there was something seriously wrong with this situation. 

It was also suggested that the driver had his lights off as he was looking for a suitable passenger, aka a woman alone, and wanted to avoid being flagged down by a group or a bunch of lads. 

I looked up the taxi driver on the Check My Driver app, and I didn't think that the picture it showed resembled what little I had seen of the driver that night. 

It could be been a copied licence, or a stolen licence, or someone driving the legitimate driver's car, or maybe I just didn't see enough of him in the moment he turned towards me to have that jolt of recognition.

Either way, while reminders to check that your driver is legitimate are necessary and valid, the fact that there are ways around it is terrifying, and more needs to be done to make sure that people can get from A to B without being taken advantage of, or worse. 

I have gotten taxis since, but now every time I use the My Taxi app, which has an option to send your journey to a friend, so they can track your journey and check you get home safe. I use it religiously in a morbid ritual, just in case. 

I'm still waiting to hear back if there has been any resolution from the Gardaí, and until then and probably long after, I can foresee myself taking every possible precaution when hopping in a post-night out taxi. 



It looks like taxi fares are set to rise yet again.

Earlier this month, a report by the National Transport Authority was mistakenly published. It read that taxi fares should stay static, and when taxi drivers caught wind of the proposal, they weren't happy with the NTA in the slightest.

The proposal has since been deleted, however, the The Times Ireland Edition reports that it's likely that taxi fares could rise by 3.5 per cent within the next few months.

It's believed that the NTA will put up the minimum cost from €3.60 to €3.80 and the premium cost from €4 to €4.20.

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 According to 98fm, The National Private Hire and Taxi Association member Jim Waldron also expects that the €2 fee to put luggage in the boot will be reintroduced.

However, even after all of the raises, The National Private Hire and Taxi Association still want larger hikes to help cover costs of "doing business" and insurance.



The story of Jamal Sur and his missing PHD research went viral this week after JK Rowling tweeted his plea for help, asking the Irish public for assistance in locating the missing work. 

The author took to Twitter to share Jamal's plight, saying 'One of my worst nightmares has happened to this poor man. RT to help!' 

Since the tweet went viral Jamal has been reunited with his bag, laptop and PHD work which he left in the back of a taxi on a night out. 

The taxi driver’s wife Sharon actually saw JK Rowling’s tweet and realised that she had his bag at her house.

She tracked Jamal down via social media thanks to the tweet by the Harry Potter author, she told Newstalk.

Sharon said that the couple had been trying to track down the student but were having no luck.

We're just so glad that Jamal has been reunited with his work!



Jamal Sul was having a mad night out in Dublin to celebrate the end of his thesis, as you do.

Unfortunately, Jamal was a bit dozy in the taxi on the way home, so much so that he forgot his laptop in the cab.

This would be pretty awful enough for anyone, but it was extra problematic for Jamal, whose entire catalogue of PHD files resides on his missing laptop. 

Dubliners have been sharing Jamal's public plea for help all afternoon, but the search is about to go viral thanks to the help of one very well known author.

JK Rowling took to Twitter to share Jamal's plight., saying 'One of my worst nightmares has happened to this poor man. RT to help!' 

The tweet from JK's page has already been retweeted almost 4,000 times, so hopefully Jamal gets his laptop returned to him ASAP. 

We'll be on the look out for that navy blue taxi!


While Uber has certainly made taxi hailing a hassle-free scenario, getting into its cars is generally a pretty predictable experience.

Unless you land Jonathan Gaurano’s cab, that is.

This week, the LA based taxi driver filled his car with puppies in a bid to surprise his unsuspecting customers.

In a video which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, Do GOOD Jonathan shared his customers’ reactions as they met the dogs he had borrowed from a shelter.

Check it out below:

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Kylie Jenner is used to either being chauffeured around OR driving her shiny red Rolls Royce. The perks of being a reality star, right?

Well, yesterday the 18-year-old had an unfortunate incident which meant she had to get an Uber ride home along with her boyfriend, Tyga.

After getting a flat tire on her car, Kylie and Tyga had to take the mode of transport that normal people get; and she didn't look too happy about it.

The KUWTK star first shared a snap of the botched wheel and captioned it, "I popped my tire."

She then continued to document her journey in the Uber cab and wrote, "we're ubering home. My fault."

Next, along with a filter making it look like she's pulling a sad face, she simply wrote, "sorry."

Who is she saying sorry to, though? To Tyga, for making him get a run-of-the-mill taxi? Or to her fans, for making them realise she can be just like us? SMH.



With the Irish Rail strike taking place today – many commuters had no choice but to raid the piggy bank and hop in a cab to get to work on time.

So understandably, Hailo was rather busy. In fact, it was all-out Hailo MAYHEM this morning. 

As a result, we're guessing the hard-working company was raking in a serious amount of cash, though at least the good sports offered a 20 percent discount off the metre for peak-time travel.

And in Hailo's head office, operations executive Kevin Clarke had tweeted earlier that it was "full steam ahead," playfully adding: "Send coffee please."

They furthermore confirmed that the app had gone into "overdrive". 

The commotion also means that as well as #railstrike, (not to mention #adele in light of her new video release), @hailoireland is currently trending in the capital.

Thankfully for those who didn't have to be at their desks for 9am, the disruption to rail services has now ended. 



As we all know, a sober taxi journey and a drunk taxi journey are worlds apart.

When we’re well into our second bottle of wine, we think the taxi is our own personal playpen. Hell, sometimes it’s the most fun part of the night.

When we’re sober and channelling our inner grown-up, we think the taxi is that day's adult challenge. Hell, it’s the least fun part of the week.

If you still struggle with correct taxi etiquette, then have a quick glance through our handy guide and you’ll be the perfect passenger in no time.

You may give precise, polite directions at any stage in your journey.

You may not ask if your taxi driver knows where you live because you sure as hell don’t.

You may keep your hands firmly clasped in your lap while you make polite chit-chat.

You may not rub your taxi driver’s head for luck while giggling hysterically.

You may say thanks without knowing your taxi driver’s name.

You may not call him Mr. Taxi Man and laugh like a cray-cray loon.

You may politely comment on the tedious radio talk show he has playing on Snooze Fm.

You may not change the radio station and roar ‘Tune!’ at every song before it even comes on.

You may seek your driver’s approval by tutting at drunk people you pass on your journey.

You may not roar out the window asking where these drunk people got their garlic cheese chips.

You may pay your driver upon stopping and offer a reasonable tip, if you wish.

You may not offer to pay your driver with your Tesco Clubcard and then offer a handful of coppers and one button as a tip.

You may sit quietly in your seat and make pleasant conversation with other passengers, if necessary.

You may not try to get into the back seat because you saw your friend playing crouching tiger, hidden naggin.

You may keep your shoes on at all times, no matter what.

You may not pull off your stilettos, rest your manky feet on the dashboard and make puppy-dog faces at the driver about all your owie’s.

You may ask your driver if he’s been busy because this is what grown-ups do.

You may not hug your driver and ask if he wants a nightcap in yours because you stole whisky from the pub.

You may gather all your belongings and swiftly exit the taxi, being sure to close the door with reasonable force.

You may not accuse your driver of stealing your lipgloss…your phone…and your scarf, and then slam the door after twenty minutes of ridiculous threats.

Stick to these guidelines girls, and you’ll be hailing, chatting and tipping like a pro in no time.




A taxi driver was arrested after allegedly raping a woman he picked up after she left a takeaway on Camden Street on September 19th last.

The 32-year-old woman claimed she fell asleep in the taxi and awoke to find the taxi driver on top of her. Though she pleaded with him to stop, he would not. 

The traumatised woman later alerted Gardaí and was brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda where it was confirmed sexual activity had taken place. 

A taxi driver has since been arrested and his car confiscated as Gardaí continue their investigation.