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Been waiting on taxis? Hailo says last weekend was their busiest ever in Ireland

Saturday was even busier than last New Year’s.

Image: Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall Ireland

TAXI BOOKING APP Hailo says that last weekend was their busiest ever weekend in Ireland, adding that they’re expecting it to continue over Christmas.

The company has described the Christmas season so far as “incredibly busy”.

Hailo says that demand for taxis on Saturday night was double that of a normal winter Saturday. It even exceeded last New Year’s Eve, generally one of the busiest nights of the year for taxi services.

Demand was so high that Hailo Ireland says they also recorded the highest number of Hailo drivers working in a single day. The company recently said that they’ve more than registered 10,000 drivers.

Despite the number of taxi drivers being on call, many people have commented that the length of time spent waiting for taxis this Christmas has been worse than in recent years, with late night queues becoming commonplace.

A spokesperson for Hailo says that the best way to avoid delays is either by pre-booking or going out earlier:

Our busiest time of the day on Friday and Saturday was between 7-8pm which is a trend we expect to continue over Christmas. We would advise passengers to go out earlier to avoid the evening rush where possible.

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