Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (649)

Jerry Buttimer


649. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider measures to regulate the use of rickshaws; if he or his Department has had any contact with local authorities regarding this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30076/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

There are no regulatory constraints over the use of rickshaws for hire at present.  A rickshaw whether or not mechanically propelled is not capable at present of being licensed as a small public service vehicle. The Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 which is before the Oireachtas provides for a restatement of the offence provision so that, following enactment, the use of mechanically powered rickshaws for the purposes of carriage of persons for reward would not be allowed. I am also aware that some Local Authorities are considering the introduction of non-motorised passenger transport by-laws.