RasTa Registered User
#1

This is lifted from biker.ie and I can't find the link to the site

I noticed an article in todays press of a launch of a new bike taxi to the Airport. About time too if you are in a hurry and did not want to chance leaving your own scoot at the airport.

Its a €25 call out charge and €2 a km after that. The press article states that riders receive the same training as the Gardai and I notice they are also using Yamaha FJR 1300's. I wonder who is behind it


What's the normal taxi rate?

serfboard Registered User
#2

I remember seeing something like this years ago in London City Airport.

Spook_ie Registered User
#3

More to the fact is, what regulationary body is supposed to oversee it, it's not a taxi service or hackney service, so not in the TRs remit. So who ensures they have the training/insurance etc.?

RasTa Registered User
#4

Spook_ie said:
More to the fact is, what regulationary body is supposed to oversee it, it's not a taxi service or hackney service, so not in the TRs remit. So who ensures they have the training/insurance etc.?



I do know that it's all legit but can't name the body. What I was wondering though was how much a taxi charges per km?

I found the site, be warned it's a digusting piece of design.

http://www.airbike.ie/

blahblah06 Registered User
#5

here is the tariff and only a 2 euro call out fee and plenty of boot space and u dont get wet. i dont think this will work. people who dont have cases wear suits

http://www.taxiregulator.ie/files/publications/Consumer_Guide_National_Maximum_Taxi_Fare_22-09-08.pdf

#6

Spook_ie said:
More to the fact is, what regulationary body is supposed to oversee it, it's not a taxi service or hackney service, so not in the TRs remit. So who ensures they have the training/insurance etc.?

There is no classification for a motorcycle PSV although it technically is one, Bikes do not even require a roadworthy certificate. It is covered by insurance to carry pax for hire or reward.

Money dose not come into it if some exec sleeps it out or is late for a flight.


This is their site

http://www.airbike.ie/

kajo Registered User
#7

I don't think the would be allowed use the word taxi anyway.

steve-o Registered User
#8

The concept has been around in London for quite a while
http://www.virgin.com/subsites/virginlimobike/link.html

Not sure if there's a big enough market for it in Dublin.

Spook_ie Registered User
#9

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0716/1224250762175.html

Thursday, July 16, 2009Motorcycle taxi service to airport queried
OLIVIA KELLY

A NEW company which intends to operate a passenger pick-up and drop-off service to Dublin airport and around the city by motorcycle would be operating illegally, Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey has said.

The company, Airbike, is also being investigated by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which says it has not sought a permit to operate at the airport.

However, Airbike director Greg Carley said the Minister was “misinformed” and the company would begin operating its service, which would be an alternative to hiring a taxi, next month.

Intending passengers will be able to book a motorcycle online or by phone, as with a taxi, and will travel as a pillion passenger behind an experienced driver, the company says.

Passengers will be provided with a helmet, over-jacket, gloves, and weatherproof clothing. Passengers wearing skirts are to be supplied with a purpose-designed apron covering them from waist to feet.

Motorcycles cannot operate as taxis because they are not described in the 2003 Taxi Regulation Act.

A spokeswoman for Mr Dempsey said he was prepared to consider legislation to cover motorcycle taxis, but the service could not operate legally at present.

“The Minister has said that he will ask the Road Safety Authority to advise him on whether this would be an appropriate public service, but at the moment it can’t legally operate because it is unlicensed,” she said.

Mr Carley said that because motorcycles are not included in the regulations, the company does not require licences. “We can’t qualify as a taxi and we aren’t calling ourselves a taxi service. We spoke to the Taxi Regulator’s office in May and they confirmed that we are outside the remit of the Taxi Regulator. However, we have got the insurance to carry passengers for reward.”

Mr Carley said: “The Minister is not correct in what he is saying.”

Airbike will begin operating from August 4th, charging a €25 call-out fee and €2 per km.


Looks like it's not as clearcut as people think

#10

What ever happened to this service.

I noticed that the account for its domain name is suspended.

http://www.airbike.ie/

Cuddlesworth Registered User
#11

Run_to_da_hills said:
What ever happened to this service.

I noticed that the account for its domain name is suspended.

http://www.airbike.ie/


It was really a solution for a gridlocked city. Something we don't have. Not surprised it went under.

ligertigon Registered User
#12

A better solution would be scooters in towns and cities, offering half price fares to destinations within a few km's. Rain/cold is then not a major issue and once you dont have luggage.

Personally I'd use one for a short trip to the pub, though not sure about comming home

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