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Ellis welcomes belated review of taxi legislation

18 May, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has described the decision to carry out a review of legislation governing the Taxi industry as long overdue but very welcome.

Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Ellis said:

“The problems which exist in how Taxis are registered, how licences are controlled and the prevalence of rogue elements taking advantage of these problems is plain to be seen. The RTÉ Primetime has simply highlighted this fact.

“I and my party colleagues have done extensive work with Taxi drivers and their representatives to develop policy which would deal with the gaps in legislation that exist, many of which are a hangover from deregulation.

“This is not just about public safety, which of course is paramount, but also allowing honest hard working Taxi drivers to operate in a system which treats them with respect and which ensures that they are not tarred by the actions of some unscrupulous elements who slip through the many cracks in current regulation.

“We would like to work with Alan Kelly who has been appointed to this review to offer our experience in this matter and to help ensure the best, most fair and efficient system possible for Taxi drivers and their customers. To that effect we will be sending a formal request for a meeting with Minister Kelly at his convenience”.

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