Those of us who enjoy a night out will by now be very familiar with the real difficulties of getting home, as Belfast’s post-pandemic taxi shortage continues.
But when you go the extra mile and book a taxi in advance, there’s an expectation of basic service — like the taxi arriving close to the time it was ordered. Sadly that seems to no longer be the case.
Businessman Brendan Hughes laments today about the problems one employee faced getting to the International Airport — which has been suffering its own problems with delays too. The travel industry has been hit hard by workers who quit or were let go during lockdown, and the issues caused by Brexit to foreign workers.
And when we look at the vital role that taxis have — both in getting us home safely, as well as being a vehicle, pardon the pun, for the rejuvenation of our hospitality industry — it’s clear more needs to be done.
New Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd is now in the driving seat. He will need to listen closely and act quickly to avoid further misery.