Munster calls for rickshaw regulation to curb drug-dealing and ensure safety
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD today raised the matter of the current unregulated status of rickshaws with the Taoiseach in the Dáil.
Deputy Munster raised concerns about safety for all road users and pedestrians and also the matter of drug dealing on the streets of Dublin by some rickshaw operators.
Deputy Munster said:
“I had laws passed in this house in late 2016 allowing for the regulation of rickshaws. I put forward those amendments, because the government had long been ignoring the issue.
“Despite the fact that these amendments were passed, they have not been enacted by the Minister, and, a year and a half later, we are still no closer to having rickshaw regulations enacted than we were then.
“We need regulation to ensure that passengers, operators and pedestrians are safe. Regulation would also allow for decent work practices, the payment of tax and insurance cover for rickshaws.
“I have no idea why the Minister is stalling on this, especially now that we are all aware that drugs are being sold from some rickshaws every night of the week in Dublin.
“In March, the National Transport Authority sent a report arising from a public consultation to Minister Ross’s office. We have heard nothing since.
“If the open sale of hard drugs on our streets does not motivate Shane Ross to act on this, I fear nothing will. I hope he gets a move on and finally addresses this issue.”