Transport Minister finally intends to commence rickshaw regulation legislation, two years on from passing of Sinn Féin amendment - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin’s Transport Spokesperson Imelda Munster TD has welcome the decision by Minister Shane Ross TD to enact an laws to regulate the use of rickshaws, almost two years on from the passing of an amendment tabled by Deputy Munster to allow for the regulation of such vehicles.
The Heads of Bill of the were up for discussion at today’s meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, where committee members had an opportunity to scrutinise the proposed legislation.
The Minister is proposing that motorised rickshaws be banned, and that pedal rickshaws be regulated in a manner similar to taxis.
Deputy Munster said:
“I introduced a law almost two years ago to this effect. My amendment received cross-party support and was passed into law, as section 31 of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2016.
"Minister Shane Ross refused to commence that legislation and rickshaws have been operating ever since without regulation.
“This is a very dangerous situation, particularly given that we know that some people are using rickshaws to conduct illegal activity, including drug-dealing.
"The Minister has allowed this matter to go unchecked for years.
“I am glad that he has finally realised that rickshaws need to be regulated, though I am still unclear as to why he is proposing to ban motorised rickshaws.
"A short few months ago he was proposing that all rickshaws be banned.
"He has yet to give a reason for his desire to ban motorised rickshaws, other than vague comments about public safety which do not stand up to scrutiny, particularly when he is proposing that motorised rickshaws may still be legally used for personal use.
“Minister Ross was not at today’s meeting, and I did not have an opportunity to ask him questions directly, as only officials from his department were available for questioning at the meeting.
"I hope that he will make himself available to answer questions around his rationale for banning motorised rickshaws, and to explain the extraordinary delay in commencing my legislation on the regulation of these vehicles.
"Minister Ross appears to be the principal decision-maker around the proposed legislation and he needs to be accountable for that.”