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Concern over new transport regulations – Sean Lynch

19 October, 2017 - by Seán Lynch

The Department of Infrastructure should immediately engage with the Equality and Human Rights commissions over proposed changes to transport regulations which threaten vital transport services, Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch has said.

Speaking following a meeting with senior department officials, the Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA commented: “The Department plans to bring forward proposed changes to minibus regulations despite the fact that a consultation is still ongoing.

“And while we appreciate the timeframe has been brought forward to November 1st due to a legal challenge, it presents difficulties for many service users including teachers, health workers, youth workers and community organisations.

“In our meeting, we recommended that the Department engages with the Equality and Human Rights Commissions to seek alternatives as these changes will have an adverse impact on communities and service users, particularly given that the process has now been expedited.

“The focus must be on the services that will be affected by these changes and we will continue to engage closely with the Department to ensure that vital services are safeguarded."

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