This week, independent taxi operators have reported a record number of cases of drivers not receiving pay, after an independent taxi study found that only around one in ten drivers surveyed received any payment for their work.
The independent taxi survey, commissioned by the Independent Drivers Association (IDA), found that around one quarter of drivers had not been paid for work on the road and over 40% of drivers said they were not receiving any salary.
The findings come after the IDA said it was “deeply concerned” by the lack of pay for independent drivers.
“Independent taxi drivers deserve to be paid for their hard work and we want to see the pay for this sector improve,” said IDA general secretary Michael Fitzgerald.
“But we need to get this issue resolved so that drivers are properly paid for every hour they work, and that drivers can afford to be independent.”
The independent study conducted by the IDI’s Drivers Compensation Unit, which has over 600 independent taxi companies across the country, found that drivers were “being paid at rates that are below those that independent drivers earn on average across the industry.”
The IDA’s study found drivers earning a weekly wage of €60 were paid a minimum of €20 more than drivers earning €80.
This means independent drivers are paid less than a driver in a similar position in a typical car hire.
According to the report, the average weekly pay for drivers with a full time position is €60.
However, a driver with a part time position earns between €50 and €80, depending on the job and type of hire.
The study also found drivers were not being able to take the required holidays for work and were not getting the required training to drive a taxi, and had to pay for extra driving time.
It said that drivers with no full time job are often paid less, even when they do drive a car.
However, the study found a driver can get a job on a taxi contract, which is often cheaper than a job as a driver, but drivers who are paid more in a contract are less likely to take time off and are therefore more likely to work longer hours.
It is estimated that over 80% of independent taxi firms across Ireland do not have drivers pay any salary or be entitled to overtime, and many drivers earn only half of the minimum wage.
The IDI also said it would not pay for the cost of a driver’s car insurance, as it is not a part of the drivers compensation scheme.
The Independent Drivers Associations (IDAs) report also said that the rate of drivers under-paying their own rates of pay is “alarming” and that a “failing rate of pay to independent taxi industry workers is not sustainable.”
A recent study from the IDAs Drivers Compensation Programme found that more than one in four drivers have not been receiving their regular rate of compensation.
This is because drivers are being paid less and are unable to take their required holidays.
The report said that in order for independent taxi workers to make ends meet, they need to be able to work full time and pay the minimum rate of their pay to cover the costs of living.
“Independently owned and operated drivers are paying for themselves to provide for themselves and their families, and this is a matter of extreme concern,” said Fitzgerald.
“The IDAs is working with the sector to help ensure the highest possible standard of pay and conditions for independent cab drivers across the State.”
The Independent Taxi Association said that independent taxi owners are not the only ones struggling to make the rent.
“It is unfortunate that drivers, and their drivers, are being pushed to pay less to keep their drivers’ wages, which are low and not enough to cover living costs,” said the Association’s chief executive and founder, Richard O’Brien.
“These are people that are not in the car to work, who are not part of a car hire business, but are being forced to work on a daily basis and the rate at which they are being asked to pay is not keeping up with the industry’s demands.”
Richard O’Connell, from independent taxi company, has said he is not paying for his taxi.source The Irish Daily Times article Independent taxi drivers need to have full time jobs to afford the costs, said independent taxi driver Richard O`Connell.
“We are not paying them for the hours we work and the money they are paid for, we are paying them to work and to take holidays.”
Mr O’Connor said he was “not happy” with his rate of income, as well as his employer’s rates of compensation and the way drivers were being treated.
“I do not feel that I am entitled to a standard of living that is comparable to what drivers in my industry are earning,” he said.
The taxi industry is in a state of transition, with the economy and the rental market changing rapidly.
While the independent taxi sector is not in a position to take