Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (637)

Robert Troy


637. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the penalties and fines which were imposed in the past five cases whereby a person has been convicted of illegally operating a taxi; his views on whether the penalties in operation are a sufficient deterrent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9794/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Under the Taxi Regulation 2013 Act, a person who is operating a taxi without a valid SPSV driver licence and/or SPSV vehicle licence is committing an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a class A fine, with detailed provisions set out in Section 28 of that Act.  A member of An Garda Síochána may arrest without warrant a person who in their opinion is committing or has committed such an offence.  The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is primarily a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the 2013 Act.  My Department engages regularly with NTA to review and consider the appropriateness of arrangements, and I am not aware of any immediate proposals for change in relation to fines.

Given the NTA's role in taxi regulation, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days. 

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.