FREENOW announces €1.5 million St. Patrick’s weekend bonus fund for its driver partners
Fund aims to reward and incentivise driver partners over the busy bank holiday weekend
With the scheduled St. Patrick’s festivities, as well as the highly anticipated Ireland vs England match on Saturday, FREENOW predicts that the period between 17th – 18th will be the busiest of the year to date, with a predicted 30% year-on-year increase over the three day weekend.
With thousands planning to paint the town green for St. Patrick’s Day, FREENOW, predicts that 1am on Saturday the 18th of March will be the busiest hour to book a taxi, with up to 30,000 requests an hour and 8 requests per second expected. As parades will close off much of the city centre on March 17th, FREENOW expects to see significant demand from the suburbs during the day, with key drop-off points around Merrion Square and other city centre hot spots.
Approximately 432,000* passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport over the coming St. Patrick's Day weekend, and FREENOW will be supporting many of these tourists traveling to Ireland with an anticipated 73% uplift compared to the same period last year.
Niall Carson, General Manager FREENOW Ireland said - “St. Patrick’s weekend is yet another period where taxi drivers in Ireland rise to the challenge and keep the country moving, that is why we are committing over €1.5 million euro in bonuses for drivers this coming week for one of our busiest weekends of the year
Where possible we would advise passengers to book their journeys in advance using our Reserve booking option to avoid delays.”
With St. Patrick’s weekend expected to be the busiest period of the year to date to book a taxi, FREENOW advises passengers to consider the following tips for getting to and from planned destinations with ease.
- Book the ‘Reserve’ option to avoid booking delays or long waiting times
- Consider multiple public transport options such as buses, DART, Luas and Rail when planning trips to various festivities
- Avoid peak times where possible
- Move away from high footfall areas if possible
- Consider sharing a taxi with friends or family where feasible to do so