Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (975)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

975. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the criteria required for rickshaws to operate in Dublin city centre; and the licence and insurance requirements needed. [22530/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Rickshaws are technically classified as bicycles for the purposes of road traffic legislation and must therefore comply with legislation insofar as it applies to bicycles. The insurance provisions of the Road Traffic Acts apply to mechanically propelled vehicles only.  Therefore there is no legal requirement under the legislation for rickshaws to be insured.  

I understand that Dublin City Council is currently examining the possibility of introducing bye-laws to provide a framework for the operation of rickshaws in the City.  This is entirely a matter for the Council, and my Department has no role in this process.