Carrick Chamber has spoken, and written, to the Taxi Regulator’s office asking that they adopt a common sense approach regarding their inspectors issuing fines to local taxi businesses at Carrick Railway Station. This is in the context of ongoing negotiations on the matter of providing a rank and the needs of visitors and all passengers.
The Chamber has also been pursuing the provision of a designated taxi rank with Roscommon County Council for the last almost three months. Additionally, Leitrim County Council was asked to support our efforts.
Apparently the Taxi Regulator’s Inspectors are waiting at Carrick Railway Station and fining local taxi businesses who pick up customers, especially at busy weekends, if a prior booking is not in place. This development is grossly at variance with custom and practice in previous years where Carrick Railway Station always had a hackney service, and later, a taxi service at the location. It is also anti-business and the Chamber is at a loss to know what has changed in the last few months.
The Chamber has requested the that the Regulator desists, on a practical basis, given the inconvenience to passengers and visitors spending money in our town’s businesses, and also because of our contacts with both Roscommon and Leitrim county managers (CEO’s) on providing a designated Taxi Rank. We expect a response from the regulator’s office presently.
Roscommon County Councils’ senior management was advised by correspondence in early September of the Chamber’s concerns and asked to facilitate a rank. This was followed up by additional correspondence and phone calls in the intervening period. We also raised the matter at a meeting with Leitrim County Council CEO, (County Manager) Mr Frank Curran, who assured us of his support.
Recently, Acting Roscommon CEO, Mr Tommy Ryan, indicated that funding was being sought for significant improvements in the area, including a Taxi Rank. This was due to be discussed at a meeting held last week. These proposed improvements are to be welcomed. We haven’t been advised on the outcome of those discussions at time of writing but are somewhat reassured given the undertakings received.
We would point out that, although Carrick Chamber is primarily a business organisation, we have a much wider remit in terms of supporting the best efforts of our community to maintain Carrick as a great town for us all to live in, work in, visit, or set up a business in. We have consistently done that where we could through supporting a variety of local community endeavours. Anybody in our community is most welcome to contact Monica or Geraldine at the Chamber office with suggestions in that regard at 071 9622245 or firstname.lastname@example.org