Monday 27 February 2017

Competition on our bus routes can benefit everybody

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

'Imagine a world where if you were flying to the UK Ryanair didn't exist and Aer Lingus was your only option...'
'Imagine a world where if you were flying to the UK Ryanair didn't exist and Aer Lingus was your only option...'

Imagine a world where if you were flying to the UK Ryanair didn't exist and Aer Lingus was your only option.

Or if, instead of sticking your hand out to get a taxi when you came out of a city centre bar on Saturday night, you had to queue for over an hour to get one of the small number of cabs. Or when you used your phone to access the 'Hailo' service to flag that taxi, a state-owned Eircom was the only service provider. Impossible? Ridiculous? So why is it so different for bus services?

The kind of monopolies once enjoyed by the likes of Aer Lingus, Eircom and a few thousand taxi drivers are relics of a past era. But it seems workers at Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann are still looking to dictate their own terms.

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