Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Questions (236)

Imelda Munster


236. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce a policy to allow persons who are not taxi licence holders to take fares in their locality in rural areas which do not have access to taxi services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4449/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.

It is understood that the Deputy is referring to the licensing of local area hackneys in her question. Furthermore, under the Taxi Regulation Act 2003 (Local Area Hackney) Regulations 2013, the NTA is responsible for the granting and renewing of local area hackney licences.

Given the particular role of the Authority in these matters, 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