Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (672)

Finian McGrath


672. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding the Taxi Regulation Bill. [12530/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Section 13 of the Taxi Regulation Bill provides for a prohibition on the transfer of an Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) licence. 

I am cognisant of the fact that in the event of the death of an SPSV licence holder this prohibition could have an undue negative impact on the continuity of an SPSV business operated as a family concern. On review of this matter therefore I have introduced a new section to the Bill dealing with the death of a licence holder. The amendment introducing this new section was passed by the Seanad last week.  Under the new Section 14 of the Bill a licence applicant or holder will be able to nominate their representative to the National Transport Authority. In the event of the death of the licence holder the nominated representative can within 3 months apply to continue to operate the licence until expiry and to apply for the licence renewal thereafter.