Drinkers face THREE HOURS queues to get a taxi home after taxi drivers leave during Covid


Drinkers face huge three-hour queues to get a cab back home after a number of taxi drivers quit during the pandemic.

Thousands of drivers are believed to have quit in the past 18 months, with many now works for take out companies or services like Amazon or DPD.

Uber has previously admitted that it hopes to recruit 20,000 new drivers to deal with the shortages and it looks like the shortage of drivers is now starting to bite revelers.

One revealed how she was forced to return home late at night while another said she was approached by several men as she waited on the street.

Taxi companies have also been hit, with one official describing the situation as the “zombie apocalypse” with cars vandalized and workers abused.

Cerys Edwards, 23, night shift manager for Coxon’s Cars in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, said: “We’ve had cars vandalized, I’ve had my window spat out, hit. We’ve had a lot of them since the shortage of drivers And people drink harder It’s like the zombie apocalypse – if they don’t stagger all over the place, they’re angry and violent.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Taxis has revealed that a third of its drivers have left in the wake of the pandemic, leaving passengers feeling ‘extremely scared’ to return home at night.

Nightclub DJ Rosie Shannon, 29, said: “I wait for a cab until two o’clock when I leave work at the club. It’s freezing cold, sometimes it rains. I am approached by men at random in the street. I get to the point where I have to walk home through dangerous, unlit streets. It is extremely frightening.

Lack of taxi drivers hits revelers who revealed they were waiting hours to get home

Rosie performs under the name AISHA and has been a DJ at nightclubs in Berlin and recently joined as a resident at the Sub Club in Jamaica Street, Glasgow.

When she returned to work in September, she realized that she was unable to take a taxi at all.

She added, “I finish around 3 a.m. or 5 a.m., depending on what time I’m playing.

“When I was back at a club for the first time since the restrictions were lifted, I couldn’t take a cab at all. I had to go home with my friend and I’ve never been so scared for our safety before.

“During this walk, men came towards us in the street and tried to talk to us.

“We would phone the taxis and tell them ‘we are scared, we are in the street’ and they said we had to walk home. It was about 4 am.

“Every time I’ve had to walk home since it’s the same story and that’s what I hear from my friends too. It is a dangerous situation.

“We would be across the street and men would come and talk to us.

“Make the effort to reach out to girls who clearly don’t want to have to say, ‘We don’t want to talk to you, can you go?

“It’s just recognizing that you don’t just walk up to people on a dark street at 4 am.

“It was disconcerting whether it was friendly or not, there was just a heightened sense of anxiety.

“There are streets that we know we don’t go down because they are not well lit.”

A Twitter user, discussing the taxi situation in Scotland, said: ‘This is a really serious problem. Tried to get a cab to Queen St station at 9:30 p.m. yesterday as it was already dark – 2 cab companies didn’t respond, 2 couldn’t help, one waited an hour and four Uber’s got been canceled. At 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday.

Another said: ‘Is there a complete shortage of taxis in London? I’m trying to book for tomorrow morning and on the third application without success. ‘

While a third wrote: “I have to wait 10 minutes on my own for a bus from central London to take me home as no cabs or uber are available. As a woman it is terrifying due to recent events. The tubes are closed so the only option I have is to wait alone. ‘

Another woman said: “Last weekend I had to walk 20 minutes from the pub to my house, alone, at 1 am on roads which mostly had no street lights. , as there were no ubers or taxis available. Guess it would have been my fault if I got hurt, right?

Dougie McPherson, President of Glasgow Taxis, said: “The taxi business in Glasgow was already under serious pressure and facing increasing challenges ahead of the pandemic, Covid was only the catalyst to exacerbate these problems.

“From the average age of our drivers and the cost of owning or operating a taxi, to the growing concert economy and the prospect of low-emission zones, it’s a time bomb.

“So, for three years, we have been warning Glasgow City Council of an impending driver shortage, made worse by Covid.

“From registering an interest in becoming a pilot to fully qualifying and getting started, this process can take over a year.

“We ask the council to reduce this to a few months.

“If this happens, alongside our own ongoing recruitment drive, we hope to turn the situation around – but it won’t happen overnight and we need help.”

A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: “The issues facing the taxi and private hire industry lie far beyond Glasgow and also the influence of the licensing system.

“However, we have met with representatives from the taxi industry on the issue of driver availability and we will work with the business to identify any measures we can to attempt to have more drivers operating in the city.”

Marshals have to watch lines for taxis, it has been claimed, as people wait to get home after a night out.

Dee Grant, 57, manager of C Cabs in Blackpool since 1995, said the violence was the worst she has ever seen.

She told the Mirror: “The council has put marshals but passengers are still throwing things at taxis, frustrated that they can’t get in. One of our drivers was punched through his window.”

Uber previously admitted it hopes to recruit 20,000 new drivers to deal with shortages

Uber previously admitted it hopes to recruit 20,000 new drivers to deal with shortages

She added that the drivers “would rather work for Amazon or DPD, where they meet people who smile at the door, instead of being hit ”.

Jim Buchanan, who worked as a taxi driver in Glasgow for 25 years, became a truck driver during the pandemic when taxi work dried up.

He told the BBC: “I was looking for a bit more security than what I had before. Now the salary is a regular income every week. It has been good for my family.

“In my new job, I don’t have to deal with drunkards or anti-social behavior. I am not so stressed anymore.

Uber has previously said it is launching a recruitment drive to increase its workforce, as current drivers say many of those who left during last year’s lockdowns have yet to return.

Meanwhile, drivers are said to be furious at the changes to their salary deal with Uber, which means they now have to pay more of their fare to the San Francisco-based tech company.

Uber has increased the service rate from 20 to 25 percent for thousands of drivers after UK Supreme Court justices ruled the company must grant its workers benefits such as paid time off.


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