Road Traffic Bill 2004: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

I move amendment No. 25:

In page 23, between lines 38 and 39, to insert the following:

"(2A)(a) A draft of every regulation proposed to be made under subsection (2)(a)(i) of this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas and the regulation shall not be made until a resolution approving of the draft has been passed by each such House.

(b) Section 5(2) of this Act does not apply to a regulation made under subsection (2)(a)(i) of this section.”.

Amendment agreed to.

I move amendment No. 26:

In page 25, to delete lines 17 to 32.

I tabled this amendment to ensure that we took seriously the issue of taxi licence holders having a criminal record because that deserves to be taken seriously. However, on reading the amendment, it seems that we are using a blunt instrument to deal with this problem. My concern was that the amendment would preclude certain categories of minor offenders from holding a licence. However, having spoken to the officials about this matter and having received correspondence, I am happy to withdraw the amendment.

I thank the Deputy for that.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Bill received for final consideration and passed.