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Delay in taxi review report will not be acceptable – Ellis

25 November, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on Minister of State Kelly to release the report on the review of the taxi industry without delay.
He made his comments entering the final weekend of November when it had been promised the review would complete its findings and publish a report.

Ellis said,

“Taxi drivers have already lost a lot of the hope they had for this review when they were left out of the process when Minister Kelly selected primarily representatives of multiple licence holders and firm operators instead of the majority single licence holder.

“Now it would seem he will not be releasing the findings of this flawed but needed review until December if even this year. This is not good enough. We need serious legislative reform of the taxi industry in favour of the single licence holder which will allow them to uphold their reputation, make a living and provide a good service which is accessible and safe.

“I have met representatives from almost every Taxi group and discussed the issues plainly. We requested a meeting with the Minister and the review group and received no response. The Minister must be clear on when the report will be published so we can set about on the real hard work of fixing the problems of the industry.”

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