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Imelda Munster welcomes Minister enacting rickshaw regulation legislation - albeit two years late

7 November, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has welcomed news that Minister for Transport Shane Ross has finally agreed to commence an amendment to legislation which was passed into law two years ago to regulate rickshaws.
 
Deputy Munster has long called for the regulation of rickshaws to improve road safety and to curtail criminal behaviour involving rickshaws.
 
Yesterday the Minister announced that motorised rickshaws would be banned outright and pedal rickshaws would be regulated under an amendment to the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 introduced by Deputy Munster in 2016.
 
Deputy Munster said:

“I am happy that the Minister decided against his proposed blanket ban on rickshaws, as it was a lazy approach and it would have damaged all rickshaw operators, regardless of whether they were legitimate or not.
 
“This could have been done two years ago when my amendment was first passed, but the Minister resisted that. It is interesting that having consistently criticised my amendment for two years, he has now decided to commence the legislation.
 
“This is good news for all road users, and we are hopeful that it will stamp out drug dealing involving rickshaws.”

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