Currently face masks aren’t mandatory for passengers in taxis in Dublin and some say that older drivers may be under greater pressure to return to work due to financial strain.
Irish Taxi Drivers Federation president Joe Herron says he hopes none of his group’s members have them, and that people shouldn’t blame all white taxi drivers for something only a few are doing.
Late at night, some passengers emerge onto the tarmac to find there are no taxis or buses to get them home or to a hotel.
“I’ve a friend who was attacked from behind,” says Ismail Daramola, as he holds an imaginary knife in his left hand and slices at his throat.
Some councillors say it’s necessary, as city-centre traffic patterns have been changing. But taxi drivers say it would be bad for customers.
The app lets anyone with a driver’s licence and a car give lifts to passengers for money. Right now, ride-sharing for money is illegal in Ireland.