Morning Headlines: Thursday 26th July 2018

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Taxi Driver Shortage

The capital region is facing a significant shortage of taxi drivers. That’s according to Jari Kantonen, the Managing Director of Taxi Helsinki. Finland’s taxi market changed at the beginning of July when new laws came into force to liberalise the market. According to Kantonen, his company could immediately take on several hundred new drivers. At another local company Vantaa Taxi, the Managing Director there Esa Niinivaara confirms the driver shortage. According to him, many drivers quite before the new laws came into force, because they worried about possible loss of earnings as companies like Uber were legally able to join the market. Taxi customers are increasingly ordering their rides by phone or app, and hailing a cab on the street is becoming less common, say taxi company bosses.

Inari 112 Calls Working Again

The mobile phone network in Inari municipality is working normally again this morning, after a break in service. It meant that people were not able to call 112 emergency services for police, ambulance or fire department in Kaamas, Partakko, Sevettijärvi and Näätämö. The Emergency Response Centre announced around midnight that there were problems with the cellphone service in the area – the second time this week. On Monday, there was widespread mobile outages caused by thunderstorms.

Thursday Morning Weather

It’s a cooler start to Thursday morning than we’ve seen recently, with some cloud and rain in Lapland, and temperatures as low as +13C. A thunderstorm warning is still in place across much of the country, with the most severe storms forecast for northern Finland this afternoon.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 26th July 2018 / Credit: FMI