Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (637)

Dessie Ellis


637. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider the possibility of amending legislation which currently blocks the use of small vehicles like the tuk-tuk or autorickshaw from being used to transport members of the public as part of scheduled routed tours. [15182/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I met with an interested party last week in relation to a proposal to introduce electric tuk tuk tours, aimed at the tourist market, to Dublin and the National Transport Authority (NTA) also held a meeting regarding this proposal. The NTA advised the interested party that vehicles of this nature do not meet the requirements of the Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) regulations in a number of respects.

I understand that the NTA is open to examining the issues around making regulations to establish a new category of SPSV licence to cater for situations where non-standard taxi, hackney, limousine services are in contemplation. The NTA has suggested that interested parties meet with the Taxi Advisory Committee who advise the NTA on such matters.