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Taxi Review Report now long overdue and must be published – Ellis

1 December, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called once again on the Minister of State Alan Kelly to publish his review group’s report on the taxi industry and finally get underway the long overdue reform of the system.

Deputy Ellis said:

“The taxi industry’s reputation has been severely damaged by the scandal which surrounded the establishment of this review group. Ordinary hardworking single licence holders are struggling to make ends meet, to uphold their good names and ensure that their job remain sustainable. The Minister and his group have given them very little hope.

“The first insult was to include no representative of single licence holders on the review group. Despite what Minister Kelly claimed, the taxi drivers selected were multi licence holders or operators who do not represent the interests or experiences of the majority of taxi drivers.

“The process of reform has barely even begun. There is a lot of change needed to existing legislation. We have set out what changes we see as needed which we developed in conjunction with ordinary taxi drivers but the Minister refused to meet us. We need this published now so that legislative reform can begin. It is essential for the livelihoods of so many people and the safety of road users and taxi customers. He cannot allow this report to go unpublished until the New Year or attempt to fly under the radar by publishing during the budget period.”

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