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Ballyjamesduff mini bus operator says industry is 'on its knees'

Apr 26, 2022 17:04 By News Northern Sound
Ballyjamesduff mini bus operator says industry is 'on its knees' Ballyjamesduff mini bus operator says industry is 'on its knees'
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Paddy says things never looked as bleak for the industry in rural Ireland as it does now.

This week, the National Transport Authority launches a public consultation on its plans for a 12% price increase for the taxi industry.

However, local hackney and mini bus operator Paddy Smith who is based in Ballyjamesduff says the hike is just a "feel good factor" and there is a lot more at stake within the industry.

Paddy says the industry is "on its knees" and that since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020 - the demand for hired transport has completely dropped off.

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He has been operating since 1992 and 30 years on, Paddy says things never looked as bleak for the industry in rural Ireland as it does now.

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