Naas taxi drivers worry over Market Square path widening proposals

ALMOST thirty taxi drivers from Naas worried over transport plans at Market Square in Naas, have signed a petition to Kildare County Council, writes Henry Baures.

ALMOST thirty taxi drivers from Naas worried over transport plans at Market Square in Naas, have signed a petition to Kildare County Council, writes Henry Baures.

Kildare and Naas Town Council’s are planning to widen the path along which taxi drivers park their vehicles when waiting for fares.

The scheme has been advertised and last Friday, 26 July, was the date for submissions.

On Wednesday morning, 24 July, a petition signed by just under thirty of the drivers was handed in at Kildare County Council’s office at Aras Cill Dara.

One driver, Oliver McCormack, who led the petition move, said they are worried that the plans to shrink the taxi area could seriously threaten their livelihoods, in particular the widening of the path and a consequent inability for taxis to double park at busier times.

The scheme involves changes on a number of issues including pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities, bus services, bus set down and pick up and traffic management.

The scheme, which was open for public viewing from 28 May-12 July, is being promoted by the National Transport Authority.

Mr. McCormack told the Leader that full time legal drivers have a number of issues including competition from illegal drivers who draw social welfare.

He believes neither the Taxi Regulator nor the Gardai are enforcing the rules, being broken by illegal drivers.

Mr. McCormack and his self employed colleagues have also complained to local Garda Supt. Pat Mangan this year about illegal parking at several locations, including outside McCormack’s pub, and the Naas Court Hotel.

- Paul O’Meara