Life Imitates Faduda

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote jokingly about the Polish Passenger Initiative – the PPI.

The notional scheme involved workers laid off by the construction industry carving out new careers as passengers in cars driven by Ireland’s estimated 100,000 drivers who carry provisional licenses, once new regulations were introduced at the start of July.

It appears I spoke too soon.

Marie Scott hails from the town of Killorglin, which famously hosts Puck Fair every August, but she is definitely not acting the goat.

A fully qualified driver, she is forging a new career as a professional passenger, charging up to €20 an hour to sit next to learner drivers – though she offers discounts to old age pensioners.

Having placed a notice in a local shop, Marie now has half a dozen customers for her unique service.

Marie’s scheme allows learner drivers to practice their skills, although as she is not a qualified instructor, she does not offer any advice to the driver.

And senior citizens are able to do their shopping without worrying for as little as €5 an hour.

Maybe next time I get a bright idea, I should keep my mouth shut until the patent goes through.

Marie Scott

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.