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Ellis welcomes terms of reference for Taxi Review

8 June, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed the release by Minister of State Alan Kelly of the terms of reference for the Taxi Industry Review.

Deputy Ellis commended the many important issues which the group will look at but emphasised the need for legislation to deal with these in a meaningful and effective manner.

Deputy Ellis said;

“This review is long overdue. I know many taxi drivers will be very glad to have the terms of reference released and the ball finally rolling on reform of the industry. Taxi drivers have suffered due to mismanaged deregulation, double jobbing and the unscrupulous practices of a minority of people who should have lost their licence years ago and in many cases should never have been given licences in the first place.

“The inclusion of issues such as improved vetting, vehicle standards and accessibility for people with disabilities is good to see. I am also glad to see the mention that Taxi drivers should be rewarded fairly for their service. It is paramount that hardworking honest taxi drivers are allowed to earn a decent living.

“Sinn Féin has worked with Taxi Drivers and their representatives to advocate for a better system for drivers and customers and we would like to share our knowledge of the industry and the reform needed with the review. I have personally written to the Minister of State Alan Kelly offering assistance and support for his review in the hope that it will finally bring a fair deal for drivers. We will also be making a submission to the review group. I am hopeful that legislation which will bring needed change to the industry is possible through this review but if it falls short we in Sinn Féin are prepared to publish legislation which will do just that.”

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