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Minister Ross not focused on his department as he continues to stall on rickshaw regulation

25 November, 2016 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Imelda Munster TD has today raised the matter of the regulation of rickshaws, amid ongoing concerns about the lack of state regulation and alleged criminal activity in the sector.

Deputy Munster this week submitted amendments to the Road Traffic Bill 2016 designed to regulate rickshaws, which have become increasingly popular in cities nationwide in recent years.

Currently there is no legislation covering rickshaws, operators are not obliged to register them and there are concerns that rickshaws are being operated by unqualified persons and that they are being used in pedestrianised areas.

Teachta Munster said;

“The government has been aware of the matters arising from the lack of regulation of rickshaws for a long time.  Minister Shane Ross has been stalling and has failed to introduce legislation to bring rickshaw operators in line with other modes of transport in our cities.

“I hope that the Road Traffic Bill can be amended next week to allow for regulations to be introduced, but failing that, we will look at other methods of bringing the legislation to bear.

“We have waited far too long for the Minister to get his act together on this matter. It seems he is overly concerned with matters that are not under his remit. If he spent a fraction of this energy concentrating on his portfolio of Transport, Tourism and Sport, we might be able to bring about legislation on various matters of concern, such as this one, much more speedily.”


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