North - South community transport link essential
Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has urged both the British and Irish Governments to find a solution to the problem that stops community, sporting and cultural groups travelling into the South on local community transport minibuses.
Mr McGuigan said:
"It appears that this is as a result of a difference in approach to licences and insurance. In the North a community group can use a 16-seated minibus as long as the driver has been through Midas training whereas in the South the driver of the bus must have a full bus drivers licence.
"This is having an impact on community groups travelling for events or days out in the South. It is also impacting on sporting groups, right across the board.
"Community transport provides a very worthwhile and cheap form of transport. Over the years they have provided great service to our communities. We should do all in our power to make it easy for the groups to use this cheaper form of transport all over this island.
"I am seeking some kind of unified approach to this issue so that this discrepancy can be overcome." ENDS