Irish airline tycoon Michael O’Leary acquired a taxi license for his luxury Mercedes S500L so he could use Dublin’s bus lanes for his daily commute
“The airline chief has made the company unlimited, in a move that frees it from the obligation of having to file publicly available accounts every year with the Companies Office.
Mr O’Leary uses his personal taxi for trips between his home in Mullingar and Dublin Airport, where Ryanair has its head office.
It lets him skip traffic snarls in the city by using bus lanes at any time of the day.
Taxis, bicycles and on-call emergency vehicles are the only other forms of transport allowed to use bus lanes when they are in force.
Mr O’Leary acquired a taxi licence in 2003, sparking outrage in some quarters.
Seamus Brennan, the late transport minister, even tried to take it off him by seeking to close a loophole that enabled others to do what Mr O’Leary was legally doing.
But the multi-millionaire is perfecty entitled to use the taxi, as long as his journeys are metered and there’s a separate driver present.
He put the car he had been using for the taxi service – a top end 2007 Mercedes S500L – up for sale in 2011.
Now curious eyes will be prevented from seeing just how the company that provides the service, Tillingdale, is performing.”