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Rickshaw drug crime “inevitable” as Minister Ross fails to introduce regulations - Imelda Munster TD

11 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Imelda Munster TD, has today condemned the Minister for Transport Shane Ross for his continued failure to address the matter of unregulated rickshaws in Dublin and across the state.

Deputy Munster was speaking after a Prime Time report on Thursday night detailing the prevalence of drug dealers using rickshaws to sell illegal substances on the streets of Dublin.

Deputy Munster said:

“Last night’s report laid bare the extent of the drug dealing problem in Dublin by people who are using rickshaws to facilitate drug dealing.

“This has been in the public domain for some time now, but the Prime Time report shows that the problem is worse than ever.

“This is no surprise seeing as the Minister for Transport is ignoring the matter by failing to introduce regulation for rickshaws.

“I had an amendment to solve the problem passed into law, yet was not enacted by the Minister.

“There have been endless delays. We have been told that the delays are due to ongoing legal advice, discussions between the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council and the consultation process.

“Meanwhile rickshaw drivers are openly selling hard drugs on the streets.

“Regulating rickshaws will make our streets safer, for passengers, genuine rickshaw drivers and the general public.

“I will be raising this again with the Minister for Transport next week."

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