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Taxi plates double but long queues remain.
THE number of taxis on Dublin streets has more than doubled since the service was deregulated last November, new figures reveal. There are now 6,331 taxi licenses operating within the Dublin Corporation area compared with 2,722 prior to deregulation. But despite the increase, there have been complaints from taxi users that it is "as difficult as ever" to get taxis at peak times on Friday and Saturday nights. Fianna Fail Councilor Des Kelly claimed the frequency of services for residents has improved. The vehicle increase was also timely, given the tourist season with the high increase of visitors, he said. Taxi drivers should be exempt from paying VRT on vehicles under four years old, he added.

Joe Maxi  - TAXI.IE 20-08-2001

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