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Munster welcomes rickshaw consultation amid ongoing delays in regulation

1 August, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today encouraged all interested groups to partake in the National Transport Authority’s consultation on the regulation of the rickshaw trade, a process which opened to the public today.

The consultation consists of a survey and an option to make separate submissions to the consultation.

Deputy Munster said:

“I would encourage all members of the public including rickshaw operators, rickshaw passengers, taxi drivers, and other road users to make submissions to the NTA’s consultation.

“We are all aware of ongoing issues surrounding the use of rickshaws, many of which are due to the total lack of regulation of the sector by the NTA. These issues include safety concerns, concerns around insurance, and the fact that, as rickshaws are not required to register their vehicles, authorities are not in a position to manage the sector in any capacity.

“I have been raising this matter for quite some time with Minister Shane Ross and with his department and the NTA. Last December, I succeeded in passing an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill 2016 which in my opinion gave the National Transport Authority powers to regulate the operation of rickshaws. The NTA appears to have ignored that legislation and is proceeding with this consultation with a view to the creation of further legislation. I am happy that there appears to be some movement on the matter, but the delay in addressing this issue is very frustrating for all concerned.” 

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