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Taxi Drivers

Taxi drivers suffer 19 strokes and heart attacks on one rank

The pressure on cabbies to make a living in an increasingly crowded industry is also driving some to suicide.

STRESSED-OUT TAXI DRIVERS at a Dublin rank suffered 19 strokes or heart attacks in one week, a lobby group claimed.

The Committee for National Taxi Drivers (CNTD) also said the pressure on some of its members to make a living in a crowded industry was driving some to suicide, according to the Irish Sun.

CNTD spokesman Tony Rowe said cabbies suffered a total of 19 strokes or heart attacks in the Sackville taxi rank on O’Connell Street within one week last month.

He also claimed one female driver took her own life – the 39th to do so in the past two and a half year.

Last week Minister of State for Public Transport Alan Kelly announced a review of the taxi industry after public outrage over a Prime Times Investigates programme on RTE which exposed double-jobbing in the industry, fighting at ranks and unsafe cars.

Read more in the print edition of today’s Irish Sun

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