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Taxi Drivers gather for their Protest at The Phoenix Park yesterday.

Taxi Drivers gather for their Protest at The Phoenix Park yesterday.

Taxi Drivers gather for their Protest at The Phoenix Park yesterday.

The head of the Irish Taxi Federation (ITF) has described the Government's planned tariff changes for the industry as "absolutely crazy," adding that the change in fare structure would make it "very difficult" for drivers.

Joe Herron, who is president of the ITF, was speaking ahead of the taxi drivers' 'slow-down' protest yesterday.

Around 100 taxis assembled at the Phoenix Park and drove through the city centre up to Leinster House.

Changes

The slow-down was in protest against the National Transport Authority's proposal to alter the current taxi fare structure, with several unions disagreeing with the changes.

The head of the Irish National Taxi Association, Chris Jones, believes that the increase in fares will have a negative affect on drivers, and that the fare structure should remain unchanged.

"It's difficult enough to get people into your taxi as it is, and we feel that a 4.5pc increase will have an adverse affect on the taxi industry.

"With fuel prices finally on the decrease, the increase in rates is coming at the wrong time," he told the Herald.

Mr Jones also compared the current proposal to one put forward two years previously, noting that the two proposals are "identical".

"They offered us the exact same change in structure two years ago and we turned it down, so why would they try the same proposal again," he said.

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