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Transport Minister must meet Taxi Drivers - Ó Snodaigh

6 October, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Having pressed the Taoiseach yesterday evening on the need for government action to protect livelihoods in the taxi industry Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh today reiterated his call for Transport Minister Noel Dempsey to meet with the Taxi Drivers.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“The situation is very serious. A taxi driver has commenced a hunger strike to highlight the appalling state of the taxi business.
“There is an urgent need for government action to address the abysmal state of the taxi industry which has tragically given rise to a high rate of suicides among taxi drivers. Government must step in where the taxi regulator has failed.
“The Minister’s refusal to meet with delegations from the various taxi representative associations is unacceptable. It is simply not acceptable for him to abdicate responsibility to the taxi regulator. There are issues which are outside the regulator’s remit that must be dealt with. And given the abject failure of the current system of regulation there is also a need for a Taxi Regulator (Amendment) Bill.” ENDS

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