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Regulator should buy back taxi plates – Ó Snodaigh

19 October, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey to meet taxi drivers’ representative to initiate a programme to save up to 10,000 jobs in the industry.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the regulator should commence a scheme to buy back plates to reduce the number of taxies to a sustainable level.

Speaking ahead of a Dáil Committee meeting with the Taxi Regulator today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“It is high time that the Minister for Transport met with the representatives of the taxi drivers to discuss the current situation in which up to 10,000 jobs in the industry are at risk.

“Taxi drivers and their families are facing extreme difficulties and there is particular concern around the high incidence of suicide among this group as the industry continues to struggle and making a living becomes ever more difficult as a result of the disastrous policy of deregulation.

“The Government should commence a scheme whereby the taxi regulator would buy back plates in order to reduce the number of taxis to a sustainable level in an organised and supportive manner as failure to do so will inevitably result in much greater job losses and impoverishment.” ENDS

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