High fees on taxi drivers at Dublin Airport compounding ride shortages, Free Now tells government

Taxi company says that 75% of taxis which travel to the airport leave without customers due to rules requiring them to have a permit, which costs €440 per year

Niall Carson: Free Now country manager said shortage of taxis at Dublin Airport would become marked again in March and over the summer months. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Free Now, the taxi-hailing platform, told the government that high fees imposed on drivers by DAA were exacerbating ride shortages at Dublin Airport.

The company wrote to a number of TDs last October to complain about the airport’s rule that drivers who want to pick up passengers from the airport’s main taxi rank have to buy a permit, which costs €440 for a year. Taxi drivers must also make a minimum of 120 trips over ...