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Ellis launches Sinn Féin Taxi Submission

28 July, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis TD has today launched the party’s submission to the Review Group charged with proposing reforms to the Taxi Industry. The document outlines a number of proposals on issues such as vetting, licensing and wheel chair accessibility.

Deputy Ellis said, “At the core of the submission is the reality that since deregulation  the number of licenses has increased seven fold. There are too many  taxi’s on our roads, too many multi license holders and too many part  time drivers. 

“This situation has compounded the problems of inadequate vetting and  support for wheelchair accessibility and allowed an unscrupulous  minority to benefit from loopholes and lack of proper enforcement which  has damaged the industry’s reputation considerably. 

“Our proposals such as holding a Taxi Regulations Directorate to account  through a Dáil Committee, bi-annual reviews, improved vetting, minimum  hours and greater regulation of the rental market are designed to ensure  the best service and safety for taxi users as well as allowing full time  drivers to make a decent living. 

“We were very disappointed by the lack of representation for ordinary  single license holders on the Review Group, their voice should be heard  and we call once again on Minister of State Kelly to allow for this. 

“Sinn Féin is hopeful the Review Group will take this submission on  board but if we do not feel that the recommendations of the group will  bring satisfactory reform to the industry we are prepared to publish our  own bill on this matter in the Autumn.” ENDS

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