Glasgow Taxi drivers let loose on LEZ as new podcast launched


GLASGOW’S Low Emissions Zone comes under the spotlight in a new podcast by Glasgow Taxi drivers which discusses the big issues facing the trade and the many stories and characters within it.

Talking Taxis, hosted by Glasgow Taxis Ltd, will run for an initial first season of six episodes, covering topics such as recruitment, cash versus card, overcharging and the annual children’s trip to Troon.

Episode one is now live and sees drivers David Farrell, John Lundie and Dougie McPherson, who is also chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, give their honest perspectives on the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), the process behind it and what lies ahead. The 54-minute episode is available and free to listen to on popular platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Deezer.

Dougie McPherson, Glasgow Taxis Limited chairman, explained: “Talking Taxis has been introduced at a time when the taxi trade in Glasgow is facing challenges unlike ever before. Drivers, and the trade in general, can often feel their voices aren’t heard so we took it upon ourselves to find a new way to get our message out there and, when it comes to the important issues, to make sure we don’t miss.

“The pandemic, a cost-of-living crisis and wider economic pressures would have been plenty to deal with at any given time, but throw into the mix the LEZ requirements and deadlines and it’s the most imperfect storm that just won’t go away. That’s why we made LEZ the topic for our first episode – and we hope the city is listening.

“Glasgow Taxi drivers have never been short of opinions. We all also have a genuine love for the city we operate in, the drivers I know care deeply for Glasgow and want the best for it. We hope that comes across in Talking Taxis and we hope our voices can be added to the conversations required to help Glasgow punch above its weight again and soon.”

Talking Taxis episode 1 is available here:

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